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High-ranking Michigan State official arrested, faces charges in the middle of Nassar probe

William Strampel (right) was arrested in an investigation into the handling of complaints against the former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

(Reuters/Michigan State University)

LANSING, Michigan. – A Michigan State University official who supervised Larry Nassar is facing criminal charges amid an investigation into the handling of complaints against the former sports doctor, who is in prison for sexually assaulting patients under the guise of treatment.

William Strampel was in the prison in anticipation of an arrest Tuesday, Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth told The Associated Press. He refused to say what the cost Strampel faces because the probe is being led by the Michigan attorney general’s office.

A spokeswoman for Attorney General Bill Schuette declined to comment. A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday, two months after Schuette appointed a special assistant attorney general to investigate.

Strampel, 70, is the first person next to Nassar to be charged in connection with the worst sexual abuse case in the sports history. Nassar pled guilty to the murder of patients and the possession of child pornography. Strampel the arrest Monday was first reported by the Detroit Free Press, WILX-TV reported earlier that the police were seen outside of Strampel’s home in DeWitt, north of Lansing.

Strampel was the dean of the College of Holistic Medicine, which the sports medicine clinic, until he announced a absence for medical reasons in December. He told police last year that he never has followed after the order of Nassar in 2014, a third person is present to provide a treatment to “too close to a vulnerable area.” In the hiring of Nassar resume seeing patients, he also said that any skin-to-skin contact should be minimal and had to be explained in detail.

Nassar was fired in 2016 for violating the rule. His resignation came less than a month after the former gymnast Rachael Denhollander filed a criminal complaint say Nassar had sexually assaulted her with his hands while her for the treatment of pain in the back years earlier.

Strampel told a campus police officer and an FBI agent in 2017 that he did not check to see whether Nassar was after the guidance, because Nassar had been “exonerated” in an investigation of a patient complaint and the imposed guidelines are “healthcare 101.” At least 12 reported attacks have occurred after the probe ended, including many during that Nassar made ungloved skin-to-skin contact when there is no attendant was present, according to a university police report.

The school has also come under scrutiny for not sharing the full conclusions of the Title IX investigation with Amanda Thomashow, the woman who complained. A campus police probe of Nassar that happened at the same time resulted in no charges to be filed. And a teenager’s 2004 complaint to Meridian Township police led to no charges after Nassar offered an aggressive defense, and insisted he, with the help of a legitimate medical technique.

In February, interim Michigan State President John Engler announced plans to fire Strampel, who still has tenure protects his work as a member of the faculty.

More than 250 girls and women have called the Michigan State, Strampel and other current and former university officials, the united states Gymnastics — where Nassar worked — and others. About 200 women gave statements in two courtrooms on 10 days of the procedure.

A message seeking comment was left Monday night with Strampel civil lawyers.

John Manly, a lawyer for many of the victims, said his clients were encouraged by the development.

“It shows that (Schuette) is serious about the investigation of the systemic misconduct at MSU that led to the largest child abuse scandal in history, and holding the responsible parties are liable,” he said.

A Michigan State spokesperson said that the university would continue to cooperate with all investigations and pointed to Engler in the past statements.

“William Strampel not act with the level of professionalism that we expect of individuals who hold senior leadership positions, particularly in a position where both the student and the safety of the patient,” Engler said last month.

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