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Convicted sex offender Larry Nassar is serving sentence in Tucson

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TUCSON - The former gymnastics team doctor convicted of sexually abusing young athletes is serving his time here in Tucson.

Larry Nassar was transferred to the United States Penitentiary of Tucson on the south east side where he will take part in a sex-offender management program.

A little known fact, the majority of the inmates at the maximum security prison are like Larry Nassar, convicted sex offenders.

“The United States Penitentiary here in Tucson has a sex offender program and my belief is that he was brought here for that program,” said David Smith, the acting assistant Chief Deputy with the U.S. Marshals.

Tucson is one of several federal prisons which offers a sex offender management program, according to the Bureau of Prisons website.

A federal official told News 4 Tucson; about 70% of the inmates are convicted sex offenders.

Nassar was transferred to Tucson on Friday.

The U.S. Marshals of Tucson received notice just hours before the disgraced Olympic doctor arrived.

“Part of our duty was to transport him from the airport to the penitentiary," said Smith.  "We accomplished that, no issues with that transport. “

However, due to the notoriety of the case extra security measures were taken.

“Because it is high profile we wanted to insure obviously his safety and the public safety first and foremost.," said Smith. "The transport had a higher level of security than your average transport.”

Nassar isn't the only high profile inmate. Brian David Mitchell is serving a life sentence. He was convicted in 2010 of kidnapping Elizabeth Smart who was abducted in 2002 from her home.

There are also terrorists and organized crime figures in the facility.

Larry Nassar, 54, will be spending 60 years in federal prison. If he survives the sentence he will be transferred back to Michigan to serve two more 40-year sentences. 

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