Published: Sat, February 03, 2018
Sport | By Floyd Cook

Victims' father charges at sex abuser in court

Victims' father charges at sex abuser in court

"You know, it wasn't easy for me to come out about being sexually abused by our team doctor".

Margraves lunged for Nassar in court this morning after his three daughters testified about their experiences with him. He became very angry listening to them describe their abuse, and watching Nassar shake his head while they were speaking. The judge cautioned Margraves against using such language. It is unclear how this will affect the enrollment of MSU or who else will step down.

About 30 more people spoke in person, by video or had statements read after the incident.

Morgan Margraves says her father was hearing some details for the first time.

For the rest of my life I'm going to have to heal from what you did.

Randall Margraves apologized Friday, a few hours after he charged toward Nassar during a sentencing hearing in Eaton County, Michigan. "I cannot tolerate or condone vigilantism that basically comes down to an eye for an eye, a tooth for a tooth".

"There is no way that this court is going to issue any type of punishment given the circumstances of this case", she said.

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Gasps, cries and shouts filled the courtroom as Margraves was wrestled to the floor, knocking items off a desk on the way down before he was handcuffed, while Nassar was whisked to safety. "My heart started beating fast and my legs felt shaky because of that quick eruption of violence". ". To have watched the pain and suffering that loved ones have gone through is unimaginable".

At his current sentencing hearing this week, Judge Cunningham said the number of known victims had grown to 265. He faces a similar sentence in Eaton County for abusing three girls and has already been sentenced to 60 years for child pornography. The IndyStar, part of the USA TODAY Network, revealed the first allegations of abuse by Nassar and triggered a criminal prosecution that led to his imprisonment.

Again expressing his remorse for his action, Randall says he appreciates the judicial system showing him some leniency and he is "embarrassed about the situation". "We can not behave like this".

"I don't know what it would be like to stand there as a father and know that three of your girls were injured physically and emotionally by somebody sitting in a courtroom".

Another emotion that may have prompted physical action for Margraves was shame for not being the protective father men work hard to be, especially for their daughters.

Four parents of survivors gave impact statements Friday. Last week, 156 women came forward to tell Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, of Ingham County Circuit Court, their powerful stories of how Larry Nassar sexually abused them as minors under the cover of medical guidance.

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