“What you did to me was twisted. You manipulated me and my entire family. How dare you. You had no right to do that. Because of your decision to molest me, you have caused me so much pain in my life and for the rest of my life, I’m going to have to heal from what you did,” Thomashow, now 17, told a Michigan judge during Nassar’s latest sentencing hearing.
Thomashow, a high school senior whose older sister also was abused by the doctor while a student at Michigan State University, was the first of what is expected to be at least 65 molestation victims to speak at the sentencing hearing for Nassar, the former physician for USA Gymnastics, the sport’s U.S. governing body.
Nassar, 54, has pleaded guilty to two sets of abuse charges in Michigan’s Ingham and Eaton counties. Nassar was sentenced last week to 40 to 175 years in prison in the Ingham County case after more than 150 victims including Olympic gold medallists recounted abuse at his hands in an emotionally wrenching week-long hearing.