Sex abuse victim to ex-doctor: 'You are a repulsive liar'
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — One of the dozens of victims expected to testify at the sentencing hearing of a disgraced former Michigan sports doctor today described the sexual abuse Larry Nassar inflicted on her as a child and warned him that "little girls don't stay little forever."
Kyle Stephens was the first of nearly 100 women and girls who will be allowed to speak or will have their statements read by others during the extraordinary four-day hearing in Lansing. Nassar pleaded guilty to molesting females with his hands at his Michigan State University office, his home and a Lansing-area gymnastics club. He also worked for Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.
"I testified to let the world know that you are a repulsive liar," Stephens said to Nassar, 54, who bowed his head with his eyes closed as she and others spoke. She said Nassar repeatedly abused her from age 6 until age 12 during family visits to his home in Holt, near Lansing. She said he rubbed his genitals on her and digitally penetrated her, among other things. She said Nassar later denied it, and her parents believed him.
"Perhaps you have figured it out by now, but little girls don't stay little forever," Stephens said. "They grow into strong women that ... destroy your world."
Another statement came from Donna Markham, who told of how her daughter Chelsea committed suicide in 2009, years after Nassar sexually abused her during a medical examination.
"It all started with him," she said, describing her daughter's downward spiral into drugs.