Published: Tue, March 27, 2018
Sports | By Toni Houston

Boss of ex-USA Gymnastics doctor arrested

Boss of ex-USA Gymnastics doctor arrested

MI prosecutors on Tuesday charged a former state university dean who supervised the doctor at the center of the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal with criminal sexual conduct and other crimes.

William Strampel is now lodged at the Ingham County jail. No criminal charges were listed.

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.

Strampel worked at MSU from 1999 until December, when he took a leave of absence for medical reasons, the university said.

Strampel's arrest comes as the state's Attorney General office is investigating Michigan State in the months after Nassar, a former physician for the university and U.S.A. gymnastics, admitted to sexually assaulting and abusing more than 150 girls and women throughout his career.

Nassar received two prison sentences in MI of 40 to 125 years and 40 to 175 years for molesting female athletes under the guise of medical treatment.

If Strampel fired Nassar over the actual assault itself, his comments to a group of students in October of 2016 after Nassar was sacked certainly did not show that.

An investigator for the Attorney General's office, who is looking into sexual assault issues at MSU, is holding a press conference at noon.

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In 2017, Nassar pleaded guilty to three child pornography charges prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of MI and 10 sexual assault charges that were prosecuted by the AG's Office.

ESPN has obtained copies of former university-conducted performance reviews for Strampel during his time as Michigan State's dean that contained several complaints about his habit of making inappropriate remarks of a sexual nature in professional settings.

For years, officials at Michigan State largely dismissed reports that Dr. Nassar had assaulted women, even though some women said they had reported the abuse as early as the late 1990s to coaches, trainers or counselors.

The 70-year-old Strampel also told police last year he never followed up after ordering Nassar in 2014 to have a third person present when providing treatment to "anything close to a sensitive area". MSU's new interim president then announced he was moving to revoke Strampel's tenure, which would allow him to be terminated.

Strampel told police previous year he never followed up after ordering Nassar in 2014 to have a third person present when providing treatment to "anything close to a sensitive area".

That complaint, filed by Amanda Thomashow, led to an investigation into Nassar's conduct by university police and the school's Title IX department. According to Viventi's letter, Strampel had failed to notify other relevant Michigan State officials about the guidance and did not monitor or enforce the requirements.

The college has been criticised for its handling of complaints about Nassar stretching back years.

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