Larry Nassar's ex-boss at Michigan State charged with sex crimes

Lawrence Cooper
March 28, 2018

The former dean of Michigan State University's school of osteopathic medicine sexually assaulted and harassed four female students, and also mishandled a 2014 complaint that Larry Nassar sexually assaulted a patient, allowing further abuses by the disgraced former Olympic gymnastics physician to occur, according to criminal charges unsealed in Michigan Tuesday morning.

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.

Special Prosecutor Bill Forsythe held a brief press conference Tuesday afternoon to discuss the allegations against Strampel, and confirmed the details in the police affidavit.

The Wall Street Journal reported earlier this month that Dr. Strampel had told a group of students and administrators in October 2016-when he was the dean of Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine-that he didn't believe the women and girls who accused Dr. Nassar of sexual abuse, according to two people who said they were present at the meeting.

Nassar is now serving his 60-year federal prison sentenced in United States Penitentiary Tucson in Tucson, Arizona, which is a maximum-security federal prison that offers a sex offender program for sex offenders such as Nassar. His attorney, John Dakmak, declined to comment. As well as being a dean, he was the lead medical director of MSU HealthTeam, according to the school's website.

The network acquired performance reviews for Strampel conducted by MSU officials which include multiple complaints of Strampel creating an inappropriate work environment.

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He stepped down from his post in December because of medical reasons, but has remained on staff.

The Michigan Attorney General's Office is scheduled to hold a news conference Tuesday afternoon, at which special prosecutor William Forsyth will provide an update on his investigation into how Nassar could have sexually abused girls and young women for almost 20 years without the school intervening. He was placed on medical leave and remained on the school's faculty but interim MSU president John Engler moved to fire him in February. The accusations also include failing to properly oversee Nassar, whose scandal has reverberated far beyond MI, sparking probes into why the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and the university failed for years to investigate complaints.

"Although the allegations against Dr. Strampel are extremely troubling, I can not say they are surprising", said White.

An attorney for more than 150 of Nassar's victims said his clients were encouraged by the charges against Strampel. "It demonstrates that he is serious about investigating the systemic misconduct at MSU that led to the largest child sex abuse scandal in history and holding the responsible parties accountable".

The two counts of willful neglect of duty are where Nassar comes into the picture.

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