- Convicted child molester Larry Nassar, known for sexually assaulting gymnasts, including Olympic gold medalists, was stabbed multiple times in prison but is currently stable.
- The circumstances leading to the assault are unclear, but it happened shortly after prison staff protested over significant understaffing issues.
- Sarah Klein, Nassar’s first known victim and now a lawyer representing sexual abuse victims, has urged prison officials to ensure Nassar’s safety so that he can serve his sentence.
The convicted child molester Larry Nassar, who is serving time for sexually assaulting numerous gymnasts including several gold medal Olympians, survived a brutal attack within the confines of his federal prison last week.
Nassar, 59, endured multiple stab wounds during the incident at the Federal Correctional Complex Coleman in Central Florida, according to a union official.
Nassar suffered two stabs to his neck, two in the back, and six to the chest in the Sunday afternoon attack, leaving him in a stable condition, albeit with a collapsed lung.
Joe Rojas, the president of Local 506 and a veteran prison employee of nearly 30 years, remarked, “He is lucky to be alive.”
While Nassar’s current condition is stable, this might change given the severity and location of his injuries.
Rojas said that the assault appears to have hit vital organs, with the likely weapon being an unsanitized makeshift metal instrument.
At present, the circumstances leading to the assault remain a mystery.
Nassar, who has been incarcerated at the facility since 2018, is in a special unit that primarily houses sex offenders and has not had any prior incidents.
However, the attack occurred just a fortnight after prison staff protested over significant understaffing issues, a problem that Rojas stated was “prophetic” of such an incident.
In response to the attack, Sarah Klein, Nassar’s first known victim and now a lawyer representing sexual abuse victims, released a statement urging prison officials to ensure Nassar’s safety.
“This assault on Nassar brings no peace to me personally or to the survivors I’ve spoken with today… I urge the Department of Justice and the Bureau of Prisons to see that Nassar is not allowed to escape his sentence and consequences of his horrible crimes.”
The attack on Nassar revives memories of his infamous past.
Over 300 girls and women, including famed Olympians Aly Raisman and Simone Biles, accused him of sexual abuse under the guise of medical treatment, spanning several decades.
This led to three separate prison sentences, with Michigan Judge Rosemarie Aquilina pronouncing that she had “just signed your death warrant.”