Former MSU & Team USA gymnastics doctor arraigned on 3 criminal sexual conduct charges

Posted at 9:42 AM, Nov 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-11-22 09:42:35-05

Former Michigan State University and Team USA gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar was arraigned Tuesday on 3 counts of 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct with a child younger than 13. Ingham County prosecutors say the abuse happened at his home in Holt. Police have been investigating more than 20 abuse reports filed in East Lansing and Delhi Township. They aren't saying if more charges are pending.

The reports started coming in after Nassar was sued by several former gymnasts for abuse they claim happened between 1994 and 2000. He left USA Gymnastics last fall. The organization has hired investigators to look into its handling of the allegations. Michigan State University fired him in September, saying he violated terms of his employment that were put in place following a 2014 investigation.

Nassar was arrested Monday at a tire store. His lawyer calls it "an attack without warning" and says he'd been cooperating with the police investigation. He says Nassar allowed investigators into his home and handed over his phone.

Nassar is being held on $1 million bond. He must surrender his passport and cannot have any contact with anyone younger than 17 without supervision. Nassar will also have to wear a GPS tether if he's released on bond. He is due back in court for a pre-exam conference on December 1. His preliminary hearing is set for December 8. His attorney is filing a request to have those dates pushed back.

FOX 47 News will continue tracking the investigation and will have updates as soon as new information is available.