Larry Nassar's Boss Charged With Groping Female Students

Former Michigan State dean William Strampel charged
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Mar 27, 2018 2:18 PM CDT
Special Prosecutor Bill Forsyth provides an update on his investigation into Michigan State University, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. William Strampel, a Michigan State University official...   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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(Newser) – The sexual abuse scandal at Michigan State University widened Tuesday when authorities charged a former dean not only with failing to keep sports doctor Larry Nassar in line but with sexually harassing female students and pressuring them for nude selfies, the AP reports. William Strampel, 70, is the first person charged since an investigation was launched in January into how Michigan State handled complaints against Nassar, who for years sexually violated girls and young women, especially gymnasts, with his fingers during examinations. Strampel was dean until December of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he oversaw the clinic where Nassar worked, yet he failed to enforce restrictions he imposed on Nassar after a female patient accused him in 2014 of sexual contact, allowing Nassar to commit a host of additional sexual assaults until he was fired two years later, authorities alleged.

The criminal complaint also accuses Strampel of soliciting nude photos from at least one female medical student and using his office to "harass, discriminate, demean, sexually proposition, and sexually assault female students in violation of his statutory duty as a public officer." His computer contained about 50 photos of female genitalia, nude and semi-nude women, sex toys and pornography, prosecutors said. "Many of these photos are of what appear to be 'selfies' of female MSU students, as evidenced by the MSU clothing and piercings featured in multiple photos," according to the complaint. Strampel was also accused of grabbing students' buttocks at the college's annual ball and a scholarship dinner. Strampel spent Monday night in jail ahead of an arraignment Tuesday afternoon. His attorney, John Dakmak, declined to comment.


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