Editorial: Nassar gets what he deserves
Dr. Larry Nassar, formerly employed at Michigan State University, was sentenced on Jan. 24 to 40 to 175 years in prison for seven counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct.
Nassar pled guilty to 10 counts back in November: seven in Ingham County and three in Eaton County. Nassar has yet to be sentenced for the charges in Eaton. He also received a 60-year federal sentence for child pornography charges, which he will serve first.
On top of all that, Nassar, after receiving credit for time he has served over the past year, will be eligible for parole in 2117 (99 years from now).
The Lookout staff could not be more pleased with the sentencing of Nassar. The damage he has done over his 25-year career as a doctor is inexcusable and deplorable.
Our staff members are worried how long the aftermath will take to play out. Lou Anna Simon’s resignation as MSU’s president the evening of Jan. 24 came as no surprise to us, though.
According to an article in The Detroit Free Press, Simon is triggering several lifetime benefit stipulations in her contract by resigning. Two of them are emeritus status and the option to return as a faculty member with significant perks.
The article also stated the MSU Board was scheduled to hold a closed-door workshop Jan. 26 to begin the replacement search and transition planning. The reordering of MSU’s upper-level administration is to be expected with a scandal of this magnitude.
The Lookout staff hopes things go as smoothly as possible during the transition. Whoever is chosen to replace Simon has a lot of work ahead of them to rebuild community trust in the upper-level administration.
For more information on Simon’s resignation, visit The Detroit Free Press at https://goo.gl/PPGFXH. To see more about Nassar, log onto ESPN at https://goo.gl/SdcKzm/