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  • Larry Nassar appears for his sentencing at Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. The former Michigan State University sports-medicine and USA Gymnastics doctor is being sentenced for three first degree criminal sexual abuse charges related to assaults that occurred at Twistars, a gymnastics facility in Dimondale. Nassar has also been sentenced to 60 years in prison for three child pornography charges in federal court and between 40 to 175 years in Ingham County for seven counts of criminal sexual conduct. (Cory Morse /The Grand Rapids Press via AP)

    Larry Nassar appears for his sentencing at Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018. The former Michigan State University sports-medicine and USA Gymnastics doctor is being sentenced for three first degree criminal sexual abuse charges related to assaults that occurred at Twistars, a gymnastics facility in Dimondale. Nassar has also been sentenced to 60 years in prison for three child pornography charges in federal court and between 40 to 175 years in Ingham County for seven counts of criminal sexual conduct. (Cory Morse /The Grand Rapids Press via AP)
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  • Larry Nassar, looks up at his attorney Matt Newburg Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, during the first day of victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault some time next week. (Matthew Dae Smith /Lansing State Journal via AP)

    Larry Nassar, looks up at his attorney Matt Newburg Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, during the first day of victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault some time next week. (Matthew Dae Smith /Lansing State Journal via AP)
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  • Tiffany Dutton addresses Larry Nassar Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, during the first day of victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault some time next week. (Matthew Dae Smith /Lansing State Journal via AP)

    Tiffany Dutton addresses Larry Nassar Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, during the first day of victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault some time next week. (Matthew Dae Smith /Lansing State Journal via AP)
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  • Larry Nassar listens to 17-year-old Jessica Thomashow's victim impact statement Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, during the first day of victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault some time next week. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in a similar hearing in another county last week. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

    Larry Nassar listens to 17-year-old Jessica Thomashow's victim impact statement Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, during the first day of victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault some time next week. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in a similar hearing in another county last week. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)
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  • FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2014, file photo, former Michigan Gov. John Engler speaks during a Republican rally in Troy, Mich. A high-ranking Michigan State University official involved in the board of trustees' plan says former Gov. Engler will be named interim president. The official told The Associated Press that the board will vote to hire Engler on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, amid the fallout over sexual assaults committed by former school sports doctor Larry Nassar.

    FILE - In this Oct. 13, 2014, file photo, former Michigan Gov. John Engler speaks during a Republican rally in Troy, Mich. A high-ranking Michigan State University official involved in the board of trustees' plan says former Gov. Engler will be named interim president. The official told The Associated Press that the board will vote to hire Engler on Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, amid the fallout over sexual assaults committed by former school sports doctor Larry Nassar.
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  • Larry Nassar appears in Judge Janice Cunningham's courtroom with his attorney Matt Newburg, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, for the first day of victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault sometime next week. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in a similar hearing in another county last week. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

    Larry Nassar appears in Judge Janice Cunningham's courtroom with his attorney Matt Newburg, Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, for the first day of victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault sometime next week. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in a similar hearing in another county last week. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)
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  • Larry Nassar enters Judge Janice Cunningham's circuit courtroom Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, during the first day of victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault some time next week. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in a similar hearing in another county last week. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

    Larry Nassar enters Judge Janice Cunningham's circuit courtroom Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, during the first day of victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault some time next week. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in a similar hearing in another county last week. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)
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  • Jessica Thomashow, 17, confronts Larry Nassar Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, during the first day of victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault some time next week. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in a similar hearing in another county last week. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

    Jessica Thomashow, 17, confronts Larry Nassar Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, during the first day of victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault some time next week. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in a similar hearing in another county last week. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)
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  • Former gymnast Annie Labrie regains her composure Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, while giving her victim impact statement during the first day of statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault some time next week. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in a similar hearing in another county last week. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)

    Former gymnast Annie Labrie regains her composure Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, while giving her victim impact statement during the first day of statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault some time next week. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison in a similar hearing in another county last week. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP)
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  • Rebecca Boeving addresses Larry Nassar Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, during the first day of victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault some time next week. (Matthew Dae Smith /Lansing State Journal via AP)

    Rebecca Boeving addresses Larry Nassar Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018, during the first day of victim impact statements in Eaton County Circuit Court in Charlotte, Mich., where Nassar is expected to be sentenced on three counts of sexual assault some time next week. (Matthew Dae Smith /Lansing State Journal via AP)
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CHARLOTTE, Mich. -- The Latest on the sexual abuse cases and investigations surrounding former sports doctor Larry Nassar (all times local):

6:30 p.m.

Nearly 30 more women and girls have confronted disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar in a Michigan courtroom as he awaits another sentence for sexual assaults under the guise of medical treatment.

Soccer player Erin Blayer said Wednesday that she starting seeing Nassar for excruciating back pain at age 12. She says when allegations against him exploded into public view in 2016, she initially denied that he had molested her until realizing rejecting the truth would not make the problem go away.

She told Nassar: "I am here to move on and leave you in my past."

The sentencing hearing resumes Friday, when at least 35 more women and girls want to speak or have statements read.

Nassar already has been sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for assaults in an adjacent county.

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2 p.m.

A police department in the Lansing, Michigan, area admits it missed an opportunity to pursue charges in 2004 against disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

A 17-year-old girl complained that Nassar had molested her. A police report released Wednesday says Meridian Township police dropped the case after Nassar explained that he was performing a legitimate technique known as a ligament release. Nassar even provided a Power Point presentation.

The girl said Nassar had removed her underwear, cupped her genitals with his hand and rubbed a breast.

Township Manager Frank Walsh says Nassar "deceived" police. He says, "We missed it. We're not going to hide it."

A public apology to Brianne Randall-Gay is planned for Thursday. Meridian Township paid for the Seattle woman to travel to Michigan to testify last week as a victim at Nassar's sentencing for sexual assault.

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1:40 p.m.

A woman who's accused Larry Nassar of sexually assaulting when she was 14 says she decided to speak publicly and relinquish her anonymity because she has nothing to be ashamed or afraid of.

Tiffany Dutton tearfully said in a Michigan court Wednesday that she once worried about professional repercussions as she pursues a degree in the medical field. But she says seeing so many other women and girls speaking out left her no longer fearful.

Dutton's comments came during Nassar's final sentencing hearing. It centers on assaults at Twistars, a Lansing-area gymnastics club that was run by 2012 Olympic coach John Geddert.

A judge says a total of 265 people have come forward to say they were victims of Nassar.

Dutton says she, like many others, felt lucky to see a physician who treated Olympic gymnasts.

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1:15 p.m.

USA Gymnastics says every member of the organization's board of directors has resigned.

The organization announced the resignations Wednesday, less than a week after the United States Olympic Committee urged the board to step down in the wake of the abuse scandal surrounding former national team doctor Larry Nassar. More than 150 gymnasts, including Olympic champions Simone Biles and Gabby Douglas, have come forward over the last 18 months to say Nassar abused them under the guise of treatment.

Nassar has already pleaded guilty to charges of child pornography and abusing athletes at Michigan State University. He's awaiting sentencing this week for molesting elite gymnasts at a Michigan gym run by a former Olympic coach.

USA Gymnastics says it will appoint an interim board in February.

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11:50 a.m.

Former Michigan Gov. John Engler says he won't be political as interim president of Michigan State University, as it deals with scathing criticism over disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The Republican told reporters Wednesday, "This is not the time to be political." He says working to change things "starts today."

He spoke after the school's governing board of trustees unanimously voted to hire him following last week's resignation of Lou Anna Simon. Many students and faculty members oppose the decision.

Simon stepped down after Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison for sexual abuse. He was accused of abusing young female athletes for decades under the guise of medical treatment while working for the university and USA Gymnastics.

Engler was governor from 1990 through 2002.

Trustees also named another former governor, Democrat Jim Blanchard, to advise the school as it faces numerous lawsuits and investigations.

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11:15 a.m.

A Michigan judge says more than 265 people have come forward to say they were sexual assault victims of disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Judge Janice Cunningham gave the figure as another sentencing hearing for Nassar began. Previously, the total number of sexual assault victims was estimated below 200. More women and girls have been coming forward in the wake of Nassar's highly publicized sentencing hearing last week in Lansing.

The hearing that started Wednesday centers on sexual assaults at Twistars. The Lansing-area gymnastics club that was run by 2012 Olympic coach John Geddert. In this case, Nassar has admitted to sexually abusing three girls under the guise of treatment.

Roughly 60 women and girls plan to confront him or have their statement read in the courtroom in Charlotte (shar-LOT'), a city outside Lansing.

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10:45 a.m.

A 17-year-old former gymnast says former sports doctor Larry Nassar took advantage of her "innocence and trust" and molested her when she was 9 and 12 years old.

Jessica Thomashow was the first to confront Nassar on Wednesday during his final sentencing hearing on sexual abuse charges. About 60 girls and women are expected to testify during the hearing, similar to a hearing in nearby Lansing that ended last week after more than 150 victims came forward.

Thomashow told Nassar what he did to her was "twisted." She says she asks herself all of the time, "Why?"

Another woman, Annie Labrie, testified that Nassar did things to her that "made my skin crawl" but says adults assured her he was the only option as a doctor.

She says gymnastics, dance and other activities have a "specific culture" that allows such abuse to thrive, and that girls learn at a young age not to question authority.

Wednesday's hearing centers on Nassar assaults at a gymnastics club that was run by 2012 Olympic coach John Geddert.

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10:10 a.m.

The final sentencing hearing is underway in a Michigan courtroom for disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who has been accused by scores of girls and women of sexual abuse.

The hearing that started Wednesday centers on his assaults at Twistars, a Lansing-area gymnastics club that was run by 2012 Olympic coach John Geddert. In this case, Nassar has admitted to sexually abusing three girls under the guise of treatment.

Roughly 60 women and girls plan to confront him or have their statement read in the courtroom in Charlotte (shar-LOT'), a city outside Lansing.

More than 150 women confronted Nassar during a similar hearing that ended last week with him being sentenced to as much as 175 years in prison. He'd already been sentenced to 60 years in prison for child pornography.

Nassar is accused of abusing young athletes while working for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics.

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9:40 a.m.

Michigan State University trustees have named a hard-nosed former governor and alumnus as interim president as the school faces scathing criticism over its former sports doctor, Larry Nassar.

The school's board of trustees unanimously voted Wednesday to hire John Engler following last week's resignation of Lou Anna Simon.

Simon stepped down after Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison for sexual abuse. He was accused of abusing young female athletes for decades under the guise of medical treatment while working for the university and USA Gymnastics.

Engler was Michigan governor from 1990 through 2002. After leaving office because of term limits, the 69-year-old Republican directed business groups in Washington.

Trustees also named another former governor, Democrat Jim Blanchard, to advise the school as it faces lawsuits filed by more than 100 girls and women and investigations by the state attorney general, the NCAA and Congress.

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11:30 p.m.

Sports doctor Larry Nassar's return to court to face another prison sentence for molesting gymnasts could unfold much the same as a hearing last week in another Michigan county.

Judge Janice Cunningham has set aside several days for roughly 60 people who want to confront Nassar or have their statement read in court. This time Nassar is to be confronted by gymnasts from an elite Michigan club run by an Olympic coach.

Last week Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.

The hearing starting Wednesday in Eaton County centers on his assaults at Twistars, a Lansing-area gymnastics club that was run by 2012 Olympic coach John Geddert. Nassar admits penetrating three girls with his hands when he was supposed to be treating them for injuries.

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