Larry Nassar Age, Wife, Children, Family, Biography & More
|Full Name||Lawrence Gerard Nassar|
|Profession||Osteopathic Physician (former USA gymnastics team doctor)|
|Known For||Being convicted in the USA Gymnastics Sex Abuse Scandal|
|Physical Stats & More|
|Height (approx.)||in centimeters- 165 cm
in meters- 1.65 m
in feet inches- 5’ 5”
|Eye Color||Hazel Brown|
|Date of Birth||August 16, 1963 (Friday)|
|Age (as in 2019)||56 Years|
|Birthplace||Farmington Hills, Michigan, United States|
|Hometown||Michigan, United States|
|School||North Farmington High School, Michigan|
|College/University||• Michigan State University
• Wayne State University
• Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine
|Educational Qualification(s)||• Undergraduate Degree from Michigan State University in 1985 MLive
• Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine from the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine in 1993 USA TODAY
|Religion||Christianity (Catholic) heeney-sundquist.com|
|Controversy||Larry Nassar is a convicted sex offender who is serving a federal penalty of 60 years in prison and the state penalty of 40 to 125 years in prison; after more than 250 women and girls accused him of sexual assault back in the early ’90s. USA TODAY|
|Relationships & More|
|Marriage Date||October 19, 1996 (Saturday)|
|Marriage Place||St. John’s Catholic Church in East Lansing|
|Wife/Spouse||Stephanie Lynn Anderson
|Parents||Father- Fred Nassar (died in 2000)
Mother- Mary Nassar (died in 2019)
• Fred (Val)
• Lin (John) Armitage
• Dr. Michael (Mike) (died in 2010)
• Dr. Nancy (Edward) Wolf
Some Lesser Known Facts About Larry Nassar
- Larry Nassar is a former American osteopathic physician who is a convicted sex offender and serving a federal penalty of 60 years in prison and the state penalty of 40 to 125 years in prison; after more than 250 women and girls accused him of sexual assault back in the early ’90s.
- Larry grew up in Farmington Hills, Michigan where he attended North Farmington High School.
- On the suggestion of his elder brother, Mike (a gymnast trainer), Larry started training student-athletes of women’s gymnastics team at North Farmington High School in 1978; at that time he was 15.
- On his Facebook page, Larry once wrote about the significance of his school to build up his gymnastics career,
My high school years set a strong foundation for the rest of my life.” The Detroit News
- While studying kinesiology at the University of Michigan, Larry also worked for the university’s football and track and field teams. USA TODAY
- During 1985-89, he dropped out of a master’s degree program at Wayne State University (where he was also a graduate assistant athletic trainer), when he was selected for medical school at Michigan State University.
- In 1988, Larry Nassar partnered with John Geddert (a former American gymnastics coach) at the latter’s gymnastics training club called “Gedderts’ Twistars USA Gymnastics Club” in Dimondale, Michigan. USA TODAY
- He completed his family practice residency at St. Lawrence Hospital in Lansing in 1996.
- Soon after his appointment as a national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics, Larry joined the US gymnastics teams at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics. Thereafter, he attended three more Olympics – Sydney Olympics (2000), Beijing Olympics (2008), and the 2012 London Olympics.
- In 1997, after earning a primary care sports medicine fellowship, he joined Holt High School as a team physician, and soon, he was appointed a team physician and assistant professor at MSU (Michigan State University), where he received $100,000 annual salary. The Detroit News
- In 2104, he put down his papers as USA Gymnastics Medical Coordinator, but he went on to serve as a team doctor for women’s artistic gymnastics.
- On August 30, 2016, Larry Nassar was relieved of clinical and patient duties by Michigan State University (MSU).
- MSU fired him as an associate professor in the College of Osteopathic Medicine on September 20, 2016.
- Although sexual assault allegations against Nassar dating back to the early ’90s; it was highlighted in 2015 when the US Gymnastics took the matter seriously.
- Jamie Dantzscher, an American gymnast, became a harbinger to accuse Nassar of sexual assault. She first reported about Nassar’s behavior in 1994 and said that he continuously abused her for six years. ESPN
- According to a lawsuit filed by a woman gymnast, Nassar had started preying on women as early as 1992 when he abused the woman gymnast, who was 12 or 14 at that time, at his Michigan apartment. According to her, Nassar had invited her to assist him in his research work, and as compensation, he offered her a full-body massage; during which he penetrated her vaginally. ESPN
- In 2017, a parent filed a lawsuit against Nassar and said that they had reported to Twistars owner John Geddert about Larry Nassar’s behavior back in 1997, but Geddert didn’t take any appropriate action against Nassar. MLive
- According to Jane X Doe, an MSU track and cross country runner, when she talked about Nassar’s behavior to the staff members of the athletic program and athletic trainers, they told her –
Nassar is an Olympic doctor and he knows what he is doing.” MLive
- Nassar sexually assaulted the Lansing resident Larissa Boyce from September 1997 to 2000. While filing a lawsuit against Nassar, Larissa Boyce said,
He used his fingers to go into intimate areas, saying it was going to relieve my back pain. But I trusted him. I mean, he was a doctor and treated the Olympic gymnasts, and so I thought, ‘OK, if this is going to make my back feel better so I can continue doing gymnastics, then OK.” The Detroit News
- When Tiffany Thomas Lopez, an MSU softball player, approached three MSU athletic trainers to report about Nassar’s behavior, they told her that she was lucky enough to be treated by a world-renowned doctor. MLive
- The gymnast Rachael Denhollander was sexually abused at the age of 15 by Larry Nassar when she approached him for lower back pain in 2000. During her testimony, while talking about Nassar, Rachael Denhollander said,
He has everything he needs to be an incredible leader. He has the personality. He has the skill. He has the knowledge. And he’s using that to prey on people… What a waste.”
- After Rachael Denhollander, more survivors, including Olympic champions and popular gymnasts, like Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, and Jordyn Wieber, came forward accusing Larry Nassar of sexual assault. The Guardian
- On August 4, 2016, the Indianapolis Star, a popular morning daily newspaper in the United States, first published a report into USA Gymnastics and its handling of sexual abuse complaints. It also reported the charges framed by Rachael Denhollander and another gymnast against Nassar in September 2016.
- While taking the charge to accuse Larry Nassar, Rachael Denhollander said,
Over the last 16 years, I’ve realized I have a responsibility, and the question about whether or not to speak publicly cannot center around what’s easy for me.” IndyStar
- In February 2017, in an interview given to “60 Minutes,” an American news magazine and television program broadcast on the CBS television network, three former American gymnasts: Jeanette Antolin, Jessica Howard, and Jamie Dantzscher, explained their trauma at the hands of Larry Nassar.
- In November 2017, “60 Minutes” had an interview with the six-time Olympic medalist, Aly Raisman. In the interview, Aly Raisman told that she had spoken to the FBI investigators about Nassar’s behavior after competing at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
- Through the #MeToo hashtag on Twitter, the gold medal-winning gymnast, McKayla Maroney, campaigned against Larry Nassar. McKayla Maroney was abused by Nassar when she was 13. According to McKayla Maroney, Nassar abused her until 2016 when she took retirement from the sport. Time
- The first arrest of Larry Nassar took place in December 2016 when the FBI arrested him on child pornography charges. From Nassar’s computer disks and drives, more than 37,000 images of child pornography were recovered. A video of Nassar was also recovered in which he was seen molesting minor girls in a pool. Time
- Earlier, on November 22, 2016, Nassar was set free on a $1 million bond after pleading not guilty in three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct charged by the Ingham County. USA TODAY
- Nassar pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography on July 11, 2017, and was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on supervised release on December 7, 2017, by Judge Janet T. Neff. United States Department of Justice
- In Ingham County Circuit Court, he pleaded guilty to seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct on November 22, 2017. On November 29, 2017, he pleaded guilty to an additional three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in Eaton County. NBC NEWS
- On January 24, 2018, he was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison by the Ingham County Judge Rosemarie Aquilina who described him as “precise, calculative, manipulative, devious, and despicable” while pronouncing the judgment and said,
I just signed your death warrant.”
- On February 5, 2018, Larry Nassar’s lawsuits culminated after the Eaton County Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced him to 40 to 125 years in prison. USA TODAY
- Larry Nassar’s neighbors consider him a gentleman; as he was always there to help them in their needs. One of his neighbors, Larry Nassar in Holt, Michigan, while describing an instance when Larry helped her when she had developed an increased heartbeat, says –
He came running across the street in his bare feet with a stethoscope and told me what to do and where to go. I really cannot say enough good about Larry because he is just a wonderful man. He will do anything in the world for anybody. We all love Larry. We really, really love Larry.” The Detroit News
- On the treatment of gymnastics injuries, Larry Nassar has at least six research papers to his name. Science Direct
- When one of his daughters was diagnosed with autism, he started a foundation to introduce children with special needs to gymnastics. The Detroit News
- After his conviction in 2017, the entire 18-member board of USA Gymnastics, MSU President Lou Anna Simon, and MSU Director of Athletics Mark Hollis had to tender their resignations. CNN
- When MSU paid $500 million in a lawsuit settlement to 332 alleged victims of Larry Nassar; it became the first university in history to pay such a huge amount of money to settle a sexual abuse case. The Washington Post
- While receiving the Arthur Ashe Award at the 2018 ESPY Awards ceremony, Sara Klein, an American gymnast, identified herself as Nassar’s first victim. Sara Klein, along with the gymnast Aly Raisman and softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez, received the award on the survivor’s behalf. Free Malaysia Today
- On December 24, 2019, the Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel suspended the “investigation into Michigan State’s handling of Larry Nassar.” NBC NEWS
- On April 3, 2019, a documentary film titled “At the Heart of Gold” by the American documentary filmmaker Erin Lee Carr was premiered on HBO. The film was based on Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse scandal.
- Reportedly, Larry Nassar’s federal custody will be over on March 23, 2069; at that time he will be 105 years old, and he will then be shifted to a Michigan state prison for his pending state sentences.