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FILE - In this Nov. 22, 2017, file photo, Dr. Larry Nassar appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing, Mich. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya, File)

Larry Nassar Assaulted In Prison, Court Documents Say

Disgraced ex-doctor, meanwhile, seeks re-sentencing by a different judge

July 25, 2018 - 11:45 am
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LANSING (WWJ/AP) - Court documents say former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was assaulted just hours after being released to the general population in a federal prison in Arizona.

The Detroit News reported the information Wednesday, citing a filing in Ingham County Circuit Court. It's unclear at this time if, or how seriously, Nassar was hurt as no details about the alleged attack were released. 

Speaking to the newspaper about security and staffing at the U.S. Penitentiary in Tucson, Walt Shannon, president of American Federation of Government Employees, declined to answer questions about fights between specific inmates -- but said fights do happen in prison. Shannon told the Detroit News he was unaware of the injuries sustained by Nassar.

Meanwhile, lawyers for the disgraced ex-sports doctor are asking that he be re-sentenced by a different judge in the first of the major molestation cases he faced.

According to the Lansing State Journal, the appellate lawyers filed motions Tuesday in Ingham County.

Nassar, who's serving a 60-year federal sentence for possessing child pornography, was also sentenced to up to 175 years in state prison for molesting young athletes.

During victim impact statements, one woman -- of the 150 plus accusers --said when she reported Nassar’s disturbing “treatments” to MSU training staff, she was allegedly told that Nassar was a world-renowned doctor and that his “inter‐vaginal adjustments” were legitimate medical treatments.

While Nassar agreed to a 25- to 40-year minimum term, his attorneys now say they believe Judge Rosemarie Aquilina decided to impose the maximum allowed before the sentencing hearing even began.

They cite her statements, including that she might let people do to Nassar what he did to the girls if the Constitution didn't prohibit cruel and unusual punishment.

A hearing on the matter is scheduled for Friday, August 3. 

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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