William Strampel, Larry Nassar’s former boss at Michigan State University, resigned Thursday for health reasons.
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Michigan State University has now seen the first administrator resigned since the gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar — is also a central figure in USA Gymnastics — was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography charges.
William Strampel stepped down as dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine Thursday for health reasons, MSU spokesman Jason Cody told Fox News.
Strampel, who is the dean of the college of commissioners since 2002, is currently on medical leave, but remains as a member of the faculty.
LARRY NASSAR, GYMNASTICS DOCTOR FOR THE OLYMPIC GAMES AND THE MICHIGAN STATE UNIVERSITY, WAS SENTENCED FOR CHILD PORNOGRAPHY
A growing chorus of critics – including Olympmic gymnasts McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman and Gabby Douglas – along with lawyers and Michigan attorney general have called for MSU to release the internal review of Nassar in the midst of allegations the university covered Nassar’s crimes, that the MSU “unequivocally denies.”
We must look at the organizations that protected Nassar; @USAGym @TeamUSA @michiganstateu Until we understand that the defects in their systems, we could not be sure of anything as this will not happen again. This is bigger than Larry. Those who looked the other way must be attributed, 2
— Alexandra Raisman (@Aly_Raisman) December 7, 2017
Nassar is also awaiting sentencing in January in state court in Michigan after pleading guilty in the killing of girls.
In this Nov. 22, 2017 file photo, Dr. Larry Nassar, 54, appears in court for a plea hearing in Lansing, Michigan. Nasser, a sports doctor accused of killing girls while working for the united states Gymnastics and the Michigan State University pleaded, guilty to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison.
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Attorneys from Nassar’s accusers say MSU officials, including Strampel, would have prevented the scandal had they followed Title IX and mandatory reporting laws.
Strampel served as Nassar’s boss for the majority of the doctor’s tenure at MSU and led the college during the 2014 Title IX investigation that cleared Nassar of any wrongdoing, and considered his work “medically fit.”
According to e-mails obtained by the Lansing State Journal, Strampel checked regularly on the research, said he supported Nassar and told the doctor that he could return to clinical work for the study concluded.
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The e-mails also revealed there were two versions of the final research report. Was sent to Nassar and the other was sent to the woman with information withheld in the conclusion section. She was among the 140 women and girls who filed lawsuits against Nassar, MSU and the united states Gymnastics.
Rachael Denhollander, center, listens to her attorney John Manly speak during a press conference after Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. Denhollander is one of the many ex-patients of Nassar, who accused him of abuse.
(Mike Clark/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)
Rachael Denhollander, the first Nassar prosecutor to speak publicly and report to the police against him in September 2016, told Fox News MSU’s actions are “inexcusable” and “harmful at any level.”
She said that it was nothing more than an “effort to remove a controversial figure, so that our problems swept under the rug.”
From left; Rachael Denhollander, Sterling Riethman, Kaylee Lorincz, Jeanette Antolin and Tiffany Thomas will appear at a press conference after Larry Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges Grand Rapids, Mich., on Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017. The women are some of the many ex-patients of Nassar, who accused him of abuse. Nassar was sentenced for possession of child pornography and the abuse of the gymnasts.
(Mike Clark/The Grand Rapids Press via AP)
“There is still a complete refusal to acknowledge that Dean Strampel and the reaction and attitude in the direction of the sexual assault victims, myself included, was terrible,” Denhollander said. “His words and deeds a culture where the victims were disbelieved, silenced and ridiculed, and one of the most prolific pedophiles in AMERICAN history was able to victimize little girls with impunity.”
She continued: “To MSU-addresses of the words, attitudes and deeds of Dean Strampel, and acknowledge the incredible damage it did, MSU will still be an unsafe place for victims. The longer they wait to deal with the real problems, the stronger the message they are sending is: MSU does not care about the victims, the failure to recognize the horrific problems within the institution, and it will have no real incentive to deal with it better next time.”
MSU not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment on the Denhollander the claims.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
Caleb Parke is an associate editor for FoxNews.com. You can follow him on Twitter @calebparke