CHARLOTTE, Mich. – A disgraced Michigan sports doctor who admits he badually badaulted gymnasts and possessed child badgraphy pleaded guilty Wednesday in a third criminal case, acknowledging that he badually abused girls seeking treatment for injuries.
Larry Nbadar, who worked at Michigan State University and the USA Gymnastics, said he badually abused girls at the Twistars gym club in Eaton County near Lansing. A week ago, he made a separate but similar guilty plea near Ingham County, the home of his campus clinic.
"Guilty, your honor," Nbadar told a judge in response to charges involving a girl under the age of 13 and two teenagers in Twistars, where gymnasts with hip and back injuries would line up to seek their help.
Nbadar, 54, abandoned his claim that he was performing legitimate treatment with bare hands.
In a third case, Nbadar will be sentenced in federal court on December 7 for possession of child badgraphy. He faces decades in prison. Meanwhile, more than 100 women and girls are demanding it.
"I very much regret that it was like a match that turned into a wildfire out of control," Nbadar told a judge last week.
The owner of Twistars, John Geddert, declined to comment on Wednesday. He referred to a statement last March in which he expressed "zero knowledge" of the accusations against Nbadar.
Criminal cases followed last year's reports in The Indianapolis Star about how USA Gymnastics mishandled complaints about badual misconduct involving the doctor and the coaches. The women and girls said that the stories inspired them to take a step forward with detailed allegations of abuse. Olympic athletes Aly Raisman, McKayla Maroney and Gabby Douglas say they were victims.