Former Michigan State dean charged in Nassar scandal

Saul Bowman
March 29, 2018

Lawyers for Michigan State University and more than 200 girls and women say they will restart talks that could lead to a settlement in civil lawsuits related to sexual abuse by former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The court filing was made on the same day that Nassar's former boss, ex-medical school Dean William Strampel, was charged with crimes.

If convicted, he faces five years and a possible fine of US$10,000 for a misconduct in office charge, two years and a possible fine of US$500 for the fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge and one year and a possible fine of US$1,000 for each of the two willful neglect of duty charges, according to court documents.

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. The accuser also said Strampel mentioned that another female student worked as a stripper to pay for medical school.

The Wall Street Journal, citing interviews and university records, reported this month that Dr. Strampel had said in 2016 that he did not believe the women who accused Dr. Nassar of abusing them, and that he did not want to fire Dr. Nassar.

Strampel took medical leave from his position as dean in December 2017, and MSU Interim President John Engler is in the process of stripping Strampel of tenure.

According to Murphy, Strampel said "he had little or no interaction with Nassar" until 2014 after he became aware of a former student saying Nassar touched her inappropriately at an appointment she had with him at the university's sports medicine clinic.

"My client denies that he ever engaged in any inappropriate touching of anyone, any student or otherwise", Dakmak said. Strampel was Nassar's supervisor.

The other neglect of duty count is focused on Strampel allegedly allowing Nassar to see patients after the Title IX complaint was filed and before the investigation was finished.

East Lansing District Judge Richard Ball set a $25,000 personal recognizance bond and determined that Strampel is not a flight risk.

Nassar is serving decades in prison for sexual abuse and possessing child pornography.

Nassar was allowed to continue seeing patients during the DOE investigation and the subsequent university police case as well. He told her that "it was good when women were drunk because then it was easy to have sex with them", she said.

The New York Times reported that at least 40 more women and girls were molested during that time.

Documents obtained by ESPN revealed that Strampel has been the subject of complaints from students and co-workers due to his tendency to make sexually inappropriate comments.

In one instance, Strampel allegedly told one of them, "I hold your entire future in my hand and I can do whatever I want with it".

A Michigan State University official who oversaw Larry Nassar is facing criminal charges amid an investigation into the handling of complaints against the former sport doctor, who sexually assaulted patients under the guise of treatment.

Andrea Bitely, a spokeswoman for the MI attorney general's office, which is overseeing the investigation of the university, declined to provide any information about Dr. Strampel's arrest, but said he would be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon in East Lansing.

Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth told The Associated Press that Strampel was in custody.

A news conference is scheduled for Tuesday.

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