EAST LANSING, Michigan-The sexual-abuse scandal at Michigan State University (MSU) widened on Tuesday when authorities charged a former dean with failing to protect patients from sports doctor Larry Nassar, along with sexually harassing female students and pressuring them for nude selfies. Strampel, 70, faces one count of misconduct of a public official, a felony punishable by 5 years in prison and/or a $10,000 fine; one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, a high court misdemeanor punishable by two years and/or a $500 fine; and two counts of willful neglect of duty, a misdemeanor punishable by one year and/or a $1,000 fine.
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"In 2016, when the allegation of actual, sexual assault was made, my client immediately terminated Nassar", he said. Another woman, Victim 4, also reportedly had her buttock grabbed by Strampel.
William Strampel, who was dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine until late a year ago, was charged Tuesday with a felony, a high court misdemeanor and two misdemeanors.
Strampel has been a focus of the investigation since it began in January, days after Nassar was sentenced to serve 40 to 175 years for seven sex crimes in MI.
"They're basically saying if Strampel had done his job and actually taken some time to follow up on whether Nassar had a chaperone present, whether he was getting actual consent from patients, whether he was even wearing gloves, that there was a lot of people who wouldn't have been sexually abused".
Strampel was released on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond. A campus Title IX investigation concluded the woman misinterpreted medical treatment, and a Michigan State police investigation ended when local prosecutors declined to press charges.
In February, Michigan State announced it was firing Strampel, who had been on medical leave.
Dr. Nassar pleaded guilty and was sentenced to prison in hearings that drew worldwide attention.
Nassar was allowed to continue seeing patients during the DOE investigation and the subsequent university police case as well.
The New York Times reported that at least 40 more women and girls were molested during that time.
Strampel's trial is due to start on May 3.
Another student said that during a 2014 meeting to discuss an exam she failed, Strampel suggested that she become a centerfold model and then agreed to let her retake it, she told police.
A Michigan State University official who oversaw Larry Nassar is facing criminal charges amid an investigation into the handling of complaints against the former sport doctor, who sexually assaulted patients under the guise of treatment. The sheriff of Ingham County did not respond to a message seeking comment, nor did a lawyer who has been reported to represent Dr. Strampel in civil cases.
The timing of Strampel's arrest - which came the same day that the state Attorney General's office publicly scheduled a news conference for today to update the Nassar investigation - fueled speculation of a connection.
William Strampel, who was dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine until December, will be arraigned Tuesday after his arrest Monday.
Strampel told police a year ago 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".