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  • Alyssa Spencer

Convicted Child Predator Larry Nassar Stabbed Multiple Times In Florida Federal Prison

Updated: Jul 13, 2023

Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics doctor who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, stands in court during his sentencing hearing in Eaton County Court in Charlotte, Michigan, on Feb. 5, 2018. (Reuters)

Convicted serial child molester, Larry Nassar, was stabbed multiple times Sunday night during an altercation in the Florida federal prison where he is currently carrying out a life sentence. The Associated Press (AP) reported that Nassar was stabbed in the back and the chest, but is currently in stable condition. According to the AP, “The prison was experiencing staffing shortages, and the two officers assigned to the unit where Nassar was held were working mandated overtime shifts.”

Nassar was a USA gymnastics doctor for 18 years until he was convicted of sexually abusing and assaulting over 200 female athletes. The accusations against Larry Nassar began in 2015 when the parents of these athletes leveled numerous complaints against him; however, no investigation took place until over a year later by the FBI.

Officials at USA Gymnastics had reported the incidents to the FBI in 2015; however, the agents they had contacted were allegedly not active in pursuing the investigation. Nassar was finally arrested by Michigan State police in 2016. The FBI later admitted that the FBI’s conduct was “inexcusable and a discredit” to the organization.

One hundred fifty-six women submitted testimony and statements against Nassar, ultimately resulting in Nassar receiving a life sentence in federal prison. He admitted to sexually assaulting athletes when he worked at Michigan State University and at USA Gymnastics in Indianapolis. Nassar additionally pleaded guilty to possessing child pornography. Nassar’s attorneys filed an appeal claiming that Nassar was treated unfairly in 2018 during his trial. The Michigan Supreme Court finally denied Nassar’s appeal in June of 2022.

Rachel Denhollander, the first woman to speak up against Larry Nassar and a witness against him during his trial, tweeted this message on Monday in response to Nassar getting stabbed in prison:

“None of the women I’ve spoken with are rejoicing today. We’re grieving the destruction across so much.

We’re grieving the reality that protecting others from him came with the near-certainty we would wake up to this someday.”


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