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Convicted child molester Larry Nassar moved from federal prison in Tucson

PHOENIX — Larry Nassar, the longtime former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State team doctor who is serving an effective life sentence after being convicted of federal child pornography and state sexual abuse charges, has been transferred from a federal prison in Tucson.

The Federal Bureau of Prisons website showed that Nassar, 54, was an inmate at Oklahoma City’s Federal Transfer Center as of Sunday.

It was not clear why he was transferred. Last month, his lawyers revealed that Nassar was allegedly assaulted during his stay at the United States Penitentiary in Tucson in May.

Lawyers Jacqueline McCann and Malaika Ramsey-Heath said the attack occurred hours after Nassar was placed in the general population for serving a 60-year sentence for child pornography possession. 

Nassar has been accused of molesting at least 265 patients, mostly girls and women, over decades under the guise of medical treatment.

Nassar will likely never get out of prison. Once his 60-year federal term for child porn possession ends, he would begin serving the 40- to 175-year sentence in state prison that Judge Rosemarie Aquilina gave him for the sexual assaults.

The United States Penitentiary in Tucson is the nation’s only federal facility that is classified as high security and also has a sex offender management program, according to The Detroit News.

The prison population is about 1,500 and about 80 percent of those inmates are convicted sex offenders.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

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