Jury will resume deliberations in trial of former Michigan State University dean William Strampel

By Nick Monacelli - Reporter

LANSING, Mich. - The fate of Michigan State University's former dean of osteopathic medicine is in the hands of a jury.

William Strampel is accused of speaking lewdly to students and sexual assault. He was Larry Nassar's former boss and is accused of allowing Nassar to return to work without proper supervision.

Nassar pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting young athletes, including some girls younger than 13. He admitted he sexually assaulted the girls for his own pleasure without any medical grounds. 

Strampel has been charged with misconduct in office, willful neglect of duty and criminal sexual conduct.

In closing arguments, prosecutors claimed Strampel used his position at the university to have control over female students. Prosecution also claims that Strampel would make lewd comments to female students.

Strampel's defense attorney said the comments should be considered locker room talk. His defense attorney also said Strampel, at the time, believed what Nassar was doing was medically necessary.

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