Michigan attorney general ends campus probe tied to Nassar
(AP Photo/David Eggert, File)LANSING, Mich. – The investigation of Michigan State University's handling of disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar is over because the university has refused to provide thousands of documents related to the scandal, Michigan’s attorney general said Friday. Dana Nessel's announcement came after the university said it would not change its position that the documents are protected by attorney-client privilege. “The university’s refusal to voluntarily provide them closes the last door available to finish our investigation,” Nessel, a Democrat, said. Nassar was a campus doctor who is now serving decades in prison for sexual assault and child pornography crimes. Former gymnastics coach Kathie Klages was convicted of lying to investigators when she said she didn't get complaints about Nassar.
‘You will have shut the door on the pursuit of justice’ -- MSU, AG reach stalemate in Nassar investigation
LANSING, Mich. – Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said the investigation into Michigan State University involvement with Larry Nassar is going nowhere. According to the Attorney General’s office, the investigation remains inconclusive and nearly 6,000 school documents have not been released to investigators. Nessel sent a letter to the MSU Board of Trustees Wednesday and requested access to the 6,000 documents. “You will have shut the door on the pursuit of justice,” Nessel said in the letter. Klages was convicted of lying to a police officer in the Nassar investigation and sentenced to 90 days jail.
Hours after being charged with 24 felonies, former gymnastics coach John Geddert kills himself
LANSING, Mich. – John Geddert, the former U.S. Olympics coach and former owner of Twistars Gymnastics, killed himself Thursday hours after he was charged with 24 felonies. READ: Former US Olympics coach John Geddert kills himself following announcement of felony chargesPolice confirmed Geddert’s body was found at a rest stop on I-96 in Grand Ledge just after 3:20 p.m. Geddert was expected to be arraigned at 2 p.m. Thursday on 24 felonies, but he did not show up to the hearing. During Nassar’s trial, multiple gymnasts said they held Geddert responsible for Nassar’s abuse and said Geddert had enabled Nassar. Nessel announced the 24 felony charges against the former gymnastics coach at a press conference Thursday afternoon.
MSU Report: More than 40 people may have known about Nassar, Strampel crimes
MSU Report: More than 40 people may have known about Nassar, Strampel crimesPublished: September 1, 2020, 6:18 pmA report from MSU suggest that some people may have been aware of complaints against Larry Nassar and William Strampel. For more information: https://www.clickondetroit.com/.
MSU Report: More than 40 people may have known about Nassar, Strampel crimes
EAST LANSING, Mich. New information is coming to light in the sexual assault scandals at Michigan State University involving two prominent members of the staff. The high-profile cases involving Larry Nassar and William Strampel led to a shakeup of leadership at MSU and internal investigations. As part of its investigation required by the Office of Civil Rights, Michigan State University identified 42 employees who were told about sexual discrimination complaints made against Nassar and his former boss Strampel. Of the 15,000 responses, 13 percent of undergraduate women reported being a victim of sexual assault. While 27 percent of undergraduate women reported having been sexually assaulted at some point in their career at MSU.
Judge sentences ex-Michigan State University coach to jail in Nassar-related case
LANSING, Mich. A former Michigan State University head gymnastics coach was sentenced Tuesday to 90 days in jail for lying to police during an investigation into ex-Olympic and university doctor Larry Nassar. Klages testified at trial, and in a tearful statement Tuesday, that she did not remember being told about abuse. Related: Michigan State University fined $4.5M in sex assault case against Larry NassarTwo women testified in November 2018 that in 1997 they told Klages that Nassar had sexually abused them and spoke Tuesday in court ahead of the sentencing. If the case had not involved Nassar, her lawyer has said, Klages would never have been found guilty. Related: Nassar-related charges against former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon dismissedAnna Liz Nichols is a corps member for the Associated Press/Report for America Statehouse News Initiative.
Michigan State University hit with record-breaking fine over Nassar investigation
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Michigan State University has been fined a record $4.5 million in connection with the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal. ORIGINAL STORY: Michigan State University fined $4.5M in sex assault case against Larry NassarAccording to authorities, the rationale for the record-breaking fine starts with how the school handled a report of Nassar's abuse in 2014. The document alleges former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon and former provost June Youatt did nothing after receiving complaints about former dean William Strampel's inappropriate language and behavior toward women for 16 years. The $4.5 million fine is the largest Clery Act fine against a school. The prior record-holder was Pennsylvania State University's $2.4 million fine in 2016 for how the school handled Jerry Sandusky's sexual abuse scandal.
Michigan State University fined record $4.5M in Nassar scandal
(CNN) - Michigan State University has been fined a record $4.5 million in connection to the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos said. "What transpired at Michigan State was abhorrent, inexcusable, and a total and complete failure to follow the law and protect students," DeVos said in a statement on Thursday. "Michigan State will now pay for its failures and will be required to make meaningful changes to how it handles Title IX cases moving forward. The fine stems from Michigan State University's "systemic failure to protect students from sexual abuse," the Department of Education said in a release. The record fine came as part of a federal investigation into Michigan State's failure to stop Nassar's decades of child sexual abuse.
Michigan State reaches agreement with government following federal civil rights probe
EAST LANSING, Mich. - A deal to prevent a predator such as Larry Nassar to roam unchecked at Michigan State has been reached between the university and the government. Now, federal and school officials have agreed to put systems in place that would prevent someone like Nassar from having free reign. Under the deal, Michigan State has to put an official in place to accept, investigate and resolve discrimination complaints. Patients will be given an appropriate gown, privacy for undressing and dressing and sensitive draping to maximize physical privacy during sensitive examinations, officials said. Michigan State will lose federal funds if the deal is violated.
Former Michigan State dean William Strampel sentenced to one year in jail
EAST LANSING, Mich. - The former dean of osteopathic medicine at Michigan State is heading to jail in connection with the university's handling of the Larry Nassar abuse scandal. William Strampel, 71, stood silently Wednesday as an Ingham County judge delivered a sentence of one year in jail. Some of the women who said they dealt with his manipulations and abuse of power spoke up during the proceedings. "The very first time that this man met me, he asked how old I was, and then he made a deliberate choice to talk about someone his age and my exact age having sex," Leah Jackson said. Strampel has a pacemaker, which was an argument his attorney made for him to avoid jail time.
Larry Nassar's former boss at MSU gets jail time
(CNN) - A former Michigan State University dean has been sentenced to a year in jail over accusations he harassed female students and failed to properly oversee Larry Nassar, the disgraced associate professor and physician. The sentences, handed down by Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk, are to be served concurrently. The charges against Strampel stemmed from his own actions as dean from 2002 to 2017, as well as his failure to properly oversee Nassar, according to court documents. While he was convicted of some charges in June, he was acquitted of a felony second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. In Nassar's court cases, scores of his accusers told heart-wrenching stories of his abuse, and several blamed MSU for dismissing their complaints and failing to stop him.
Ex-MSU dean who had oversight of Larry Nassar gets jail time
LANSING, Mich. - A former dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University was sentenced on Wednesday. William Strampel was back before a judge Wednesday, nearly two months after the College of Osteopathic Medicines ex-dean was convicted of neglect of duty and misconduct in office. He also was convicted of willfully neglecting to monitor Nassar. The judge sentenced Strampel to one year in Ingham County Jail. Strampel was the first person charged after Michigans attorney general launched an investigation in 2017 into how Michigan State handled complaints against Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting patients and possessing child pornography.
Sentencing set for ex-MSU dean who had oversight of Larry Nassar
LANSING, Mich. - Sentencing is scheduled for a former dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University. William Strampel goes back before a judge Wednesday, nearly two months after the College of Osteopathic Medicines ex-dean was convicted of neglect of duty and misconduct in office. He faces up to five years in prison on the felony misconduct conviction, which stems from a charge he used his public office to sexually harass students. He also was convicted of willfully neglecting to monitor Nassar. Strampel was the first person charged after Michigans attorney general launched an investigation in 2017 into how Michigan State handled complaints against Nassar, who pleaded guilty to molesting patients and possessing child pornography.
Michigan State University professor suspended due to sex harassment complaints
EAST LANSING, Mich. - A Michigan State University physiology professor who was suspended after more than half a dozen women accused him of sexual harassment has returned to work at the school that has been beset by allegations of sexual misconduct in recent years. Robert Wiseman, who teaches at the College of Osteopathic Medicine, was suspended without pay from Feb. 22 through April 4, school spokeswoman Emily Guerrant told the Lansing State Journal in a story published Tuesday. Wiseman started working at the East Lansing school in 2001, and the allegations against him date back to 2002, according to the report. The report said Wiseman told investigators the allegations by the women were not specific and he denied acting inappropriately. The complaints against Wiseman were just the latest in a series of sexual assault allegations at Michigan State.