USA athletes unveil accusations of abuse by doctor

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Former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State athletics physician Larry Nassar was charged Wednesday with 22 counts of criminal sexual conduct, each of which carries a potential sentence of life in prison.

Charges of criminal sexual conduct in the first and third degree linked to nine victims, two of them under age 13 when they were allegedly abused, were filed against Dr. Larry Nassar in two counties, NBC News reported.

Former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar is seen in a November 21, 2016, photo provided by the Michigan Attorney General's Office.

The Michigan attorney general is expected to detail the charges at a press conference on Wednesday. "Victim A stated that because she was so young, she really didn't know anything was wrong". He also was a doctor for USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians.

Dominique Moceanu, seen here during a 1997 practice, says changes in the gymnastics world are needed to protect girls from predators. "The girls abused by Dr. Nassar were so young, so innocent that they didn't fully understand what Nassar was doing to them until many years later".

A girl identified as Victim B, now 21, said she was "sexually assaulted by Nassar 'more times than she could count, '" Det. MSU began investigating Nassar in August, a month before an explosive report by the Indianapolis Star over USA Gymnastics' handling of sexual abuse allegations.

Some lawsuits also name famed coaches Bela and Marta Karolyi because abuse allegedly took place under their watch at their Texas training facility, known as "the ranch".

Dantzscher said she saw Nassar for treatment regularly from her early teens until the Olympics, when she was 18.

"He would put his fingers inside of me, move my leg around", she said. "And that that would put my hips back and help my back pain", Jamie told Dr. Jon LaPook on 60 Minutes.

In separate cases filed in 2016, Nassar is charged with possessing child pornography and molesting the daughter of family friends.

Nassar, who treated elite United States gymnasts as Olympic team physician from 1996 to 2015, is accused by former athletes of inserting ungloved fingers into their anuses and vaginas and fondling their breasts. She says he rubbed his genitals on her and digitally penetrated her, among other things.

Five of the charges are related to the two victims who were under the age of 13 at the time of the alleged assault and the remaining 17 are a result of Nassar's alleged sexual penetration of the remaining seven victims between the ages of 13-16 and the taking advantage of his position of authority to commit the alleged sexual assaults.

The scandal has rocked two institutions: USA Gymnastics, which is the national governing body for the sport and assembles the Olympic teams, and Michigan State, which recently hired former U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald to conduct an internal review.

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