Mitt Romney praised the young women who publicly testified against former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar in a tweet on Wednesday.
“Over the years, I’ve witnessed the courage of athletes in Olympic Games but I’ve never seen greater Olympic courage than that shown by our women gymnasts in the courtroom in Lansing, Michigan,” said Romney, who headed the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City.
More than 150 women testified about their interactions with Nassar, who was sentenced to 40 to 175 years on Wednesday for assaulting dozens of women and girls while working as the USA Gymnastics’ team doctor and at Michigan State University, according to the Associated Press.7 comments on this story
His sentencing capped off a seven-day hearing in which Nassar’s victims confronted him in face-to-face testimonies.
Judge Rosemarie Aquilina issued the sentence on Wednesday. It won’t begin until he serves 60 years for child pornography crimes, according to the AP.
"It is my honor and privilege to sentence you. You do not deserve to walk outside a prison ever again. You have done nothing to control those urges and anywhere you walk, destruction will occur to those most vulnerable," she said.