Former Michigan State softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez formally charged Dr. Larry Nassar for sexual assault. Lopez claims Nassar sexually assaulted her back in 1998 and she included suing the school for negligence as well.
According to NBC News, at the time of the incident, Lopez went to Nassar to treat her back pain. Lopez’s injury came from playing softball but received a different treatment from Nassar instead. She claimed that Nassar inserted his finger into her private part, which was not the first time.Former Michigan State softball player Tiffany Lopez sues Dr. Larry Nassar for sexual assault
Lopez claimed that Nassar molested her 10 times and all her complaints fell on deaf ears from school staffs. She even stated that Nassar would even molest her in front of his staff, but school officials downplayed her claims.
“She says, ‘He treats elite athletes, athletes just like yourself,'” Lopez said of the reaction by a supervisor back in 200. “It was basically — you need to be grateful you are getting this treatment. She made me feel like I was crazy.”
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The incident greatly affected her as an athlete that Lopez stopped playing softball for Michigan State and went back home. Unfortunately, Lopez has been just one of the athletes molested by Nassar as the FBI has stepped into the investigation.
What the FBI has to say
The FBI found probable cause to hold Nassar without bail as latest evidence obtained showed him documenting the sexual abuses. FBI agent Rod Charles explained to NBC affiliate WOOD-TV they managed to seize more than 37,000 photos including videos. Charles added explicit videos of young girls being molested got confiscated during a search of Nassar’s house.
More than 60 victims have given their sworn-in testimony detailing how Nassar would trick them. Victims stated Nassar would trick them into thinking he is doing a medical procedure on them.
Nassar pleads not guilty to charges
Despite clear evidence linking him, Nassar remains his innocence to all the charges filed against him. Nassar worked with the US Gymnastics team for 20 years. He defended his ways as “medically accepted and appropriate treatments” for doctors who specializes osteopathic manipulation.
Nassar’s lawyers stated allegations directed to their client in performing the said procedures outside of the medical field are baseless. However, the American Osteopathic Association noted that some of Nassar’s procedures are “not at all common” medical procedures.
Evidence wise match with testimonies clearly pins down Nassar guilty, but that is up to the courts to decide. One thing is for sure, women demand justice.
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