Doctor accused by Aly Raisman of sexual abuse changing plea
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Doctor accused by Aly Raisman of sexual abuse changing plea

Hearing for Larry Nassar to revise not-guilty plea set for last week of November; 125 women allege abuse by gymnastics physician

Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar seen in the 55th District Court,  June 23, 2017. (AFP/JEFF KOWALSKY)
Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar seen in the 55th District Court, June 23, 2017. (AFP/JEFF KOWALSKY)

A former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor accused of molesting girls, including Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman, at his home and a campus clinic, is expected to change his not-guilty pleas to close criminal cases in two counties.

Online court records show change-of-plea hearings for 54-year-old Dr. Larry Nassar are set for November 22 and November 29 — a week before jury selection was to begin in Michigan county.

Nassar previously pleaded guilty in federal court in a separate child pornography case. He is scheduled to be sentenced in the porn case in December.

A message seeking comment was left Wednesday for one of Nassar’s defense attorneys. A spokeswoman for the state Attorney General Bill Schuette declined comment, citing a gag order.

Nassar also has been sued by more than 125 women alleging abuse.

Six-time Olympic medalist Raisman said that she was sexually abused by Nassar, who worked as the women’s gymnastics national team doctor for decades.

Raisman, who is Jewish and one of the most accomplished gymnasts in US history, made the allegation in an interview on CBS’s 60 Minutes, as well as in her new book, “Fierce.”

She is the second member of the gold medal-winning 2012 Olympic women’s team to accuse Nassar of abuse.

In October, her teammate McKayla Maroney wrote on Twitter that Nassar molested her for years, beginning when she was 13.

Raisman, who is now 23, was 15 when first treated by Nassar, according to Sports Illustrated. The magazine reported that details of her experience appear in a biography set to appear next week.

In the CBS interview, Raisman said she spoke to FBI investigators about Nassar after competing at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero in 2016, when an investigation by the Indianapolis Star revealed that USA Gymnastics had a policy of not reporting sexual abuse incidents unless the reports were filed by the victims or a parent.

Aly Raisman competing in the floor exercise at the 2015 World Artistic Gymnastics Championships in Glasgow, Scotland, October 24, 2015. (Alex Livesey/Getty Images/via JTA)
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