Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Pleads Guilty to More Sexual Assault Charges

Disgraced former USA Gymnastics Dr. Larry Nassar pleaded guilty to numerous charges of criminal sexual conduct in a Michigan courtroom Wednesday

The former Team USA Gymnastics doctor who is accused of sexually abusing scores of women was back in court on Wednesday where he pleaded guilty to three more sexual abuse charges as part of a plea deal.

Larry Nassar, 54, appeared in Michigan’s Eaton County Circuit Court where he entered a guilty plea to three counts of criminal sexual conduct, a court spokesperson tells PEOPLE. Two of the counts were first-degree and one was in the third degree.

Nassar admitted that between 2009 and 2011 he inserted ungloved fingers into the vaginas of three victims, and at least one was under the age of 13. Nassar did not gave a statement, but briefly answered the judge’s questions, The Detroit News reports.

He will be sentenced on Jan. 13 at 10 a.m., the spokesperson says.

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The hearing comes just one week after Nassar pleaded guilty to seven criminal sexual conduct charges in Ingham County Circuit Court. He entered the guilty plea in exchange for assurances that he would face no more charges involving dozens of other victims, The Detroit News reported then.

His lawyers, Matthew Newburg and Shannon Smith, later released a statement about last week’s hearing.

“The Agreement which was placed on the record today was reached after extensive negotiations with the prosecution and with significant input from Larry Nassar,” the statement, obtained by PEOPLE, read. “This agreement resolves all the charged and uncharged conduct for more than 125 cases currently under investigation by the Michigan Attorney General’s office. As our client indicated in court today, he hopes that his guilty plea begins the healing process for those individuals whom have been the subject of the state criminal prosecution. We ask that the privacy of his family be honored as they continue to process the events of the last 10 months.”

More than 100 women, including several former athletes, have accused Nassar of sexual abuse, including stars like Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney (who are not part of the Michigan cases). Raisman, 23, recently opened up about the alleged abuse in both a revealing 60 Minutes interview and in hernew autobiography, Fierce. She said she was 15 years old when she was first treated by Nassar.

“I didn’t think I was being molested. I didn’t know,” Raisman also recently told PEOPLE. “He was a doctor. I never would have thought that a doctor would misuse his power so much.”

Last week, Raisman tweeted about Nassar’s Ingham court appearance, calling him a “monster.”

Later, Raisman posted a longer message on Instagram, and said she was “beyond disgusted” that he “was able to prey upon so many over such a long period of time.” She also said the sport must take a “long, honest look” at ways to improve the system.

Nassar’s pleas also come after Olympic gymnast Gabby Douglas alleged on Instagram that she too was abused by him.

Her comments came after Maroney made headlines with shocking revelations of her own. Maroney, now 21, alleged that she was abused by Nassar for years, beginning when she was just 13 years old. She recalled an incident when she was 15 in which she claimed Nassar drugged her during a flight to Tokyo.

“Next thing I know, I was all alone with him in his hotel room getting a ‘treatment.’ I thought I was going to die that night,” she added.

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Abuse allegations against Nassar first made headlines in 2016 when Denhollander revealed to the Indianapolis Star that she was allegedly abused by the doctor during her time at Michigan State University.

Since then, more than a hundred alleged victims have come forward with their own stories of abuse, including Jamie Dantzscher, Jeannette Antolin and Jessica Howard.

Nassar was fired by USA Gymnastics in 2015 after working with the organization since 1986. He had been its national medical coordinator since 1996, The New York Times reported. He was fired from Michigan State last year.

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