Michigan State dean faces 4 charges in Nassar case

Michigan State dean faces 4 charges in Nassar case

"The new charges, which Strampel's attorney denied, make the university a bigger target for the "#MeToo" movement that has engulfed powerful men across society in harassment and abuse allegations.

William Forsyth will provide the update around 11:30 a.m. and be joined by others from the Michigan Attorney General's Office and Michigan State Police. Bill Forsyth, hired as special prosecutor by Michigan's attorney general to investigate the university, would not discuss the photos on Strampel's computer or precisely how he obtained them.

"Police have arrested William Strampel, the former Michigan State University dean who was Larry Nassar's boss", the Detroit Free Press reports, citing unnamed sources in a position to know. UCLA pays tribute to gymnasts accusing Larry Nassar of abuseNassar was not supposed to administer any treatment to patients near any "sensitive areas" without a chaperone present.

Judge Richard D. Ball listens to William Strampel during his video arraignment, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in East Lansing, Mich. Strampel, a Michigan State University official who oversaw Larry Nassar, was arrested Monday amid an investigation into the handling of complaints against the former sport doctor, who is in prison for sexually assaulting patients under the guise of treatment.

The complaint, which alleges Strampel solicited nude photos from at least one female medical student, said he used his office to "harass, discriminate, demean, sexually proposition, and sexually assault female students in violation of his statutory duty as a public officer".

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Nassar, 54, pleaded guilty to molesting patients and possessing child pornography and is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison.

Back in October 2016, Strampel allegedly told a group of individuals that he did not believe that Nassar had actually committed any crimes of sexual abuse, stating how "patients lie to get doctors in trouble".

"[An] affidavit presented in court says that Strampel groped two female medical students, made inappropriate sexual comments to female students and that investigators found pornographic images on his computer", write Matt Mencarini and Christopher Haxel of the Lansing State Journal.

Strampel was Nassar's boss at MSU from 2002 until Nassar was sacked in 2016.

"William Strampel is now lodged at the Ingham County jail", Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth told Reuters.

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The school has also come under scrutiny for not sharing the full conclusions of the Title IX investigation with Amanda Thomashow, the woman who complained. A campus police probe of Nassar that occurred at the same time resulted in no charges being filed. MSU has begun the process of revoking Strampel's tenure, the MSU spokeswoman said, adding that the process can take 6 to 12 months. Roughly 200 women gave statements in two courtrooms over 10 day of proceedings. Strampel was arrested Monday night on multiple charges which are now revealed to be based on allegations that he sexually harassed students, inappropriately touched one student and had nude photos of others on his computer.

"Our clients are encouraged by the Attorney General's action today", attorney John Manly, who represents over 150 of the survivors, said in a statement.

Strampel is the first university official since Nassar's sentencing to be arrested.

"It demonstrates that (Schuette) 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", he said.

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