William Strampel, right, was arrested in an investigation into the handling of complaints against the former sports doctor Larry Nassar.
(Reuters/Michigan State University)
A Michigan State University administrator who oversaw the clinic where disgraced ex-USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar worked for is now facing criminal charges of his own for allegedly storing of nude photos of female students on his computer at work and inappropriately touching a student.
William Strampel, dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine until the end of last year, was charged Tuesday with a felony, a high court misdemeanor and two misdemeanors. He is due to be indicted in the afternoon, the Associated Press reported.
The researchers looked at Strampel the computer about 50 pictures of “bare vaginas, naked and semi-naked women, sex toys, and pornography,” according to the Detroit Free Press, citing a court affidavit.
The newspaper also said, citing the statement, that Strampel tried to ask for nude photos of at least one student and approached a woman from behind and grabbed her buttocks during the college’s annual ball in 2010. The woman then went on and told the police that she never reported the incident at the time, because she was afraid that she would be removed from the school.
The 70-year-old Strampel also told the police last year that he never followed after the order of Nassar in 2014, a third person is present to provide a treatment to “too close to a vulnerable area.”
“Despite the display of his (and the board) intended response to the allegations of Nassar, Strampel actually not to enforce or monitor the protocols, nor has he the attention of other workers in the sports medicine clinic about the existence of the protocols, let alone that they be followed with respect to Nassar,” the statement says.
Strampel was charged with disregard of duty, and of the fourth degree criminal sexual conduct and misconduct of a public official. The charges carry sentences of one, two and up to five years in prison, respectively.
Nassar, meanwhile, will spend his life in prison for molesting patients under the guise of treatment, in a scandal that has shaken the united states Gymnastics program. Nassar, the accusers some of the top names in the sport: the U.S. Olympic gymnasts Mckayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Gabby Douglas and Simone Biles.
A spokeswoman for Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette declined to comment to the Associated Press on Strampel’s costs. A press conference is scheduled for Tuesday, two months after Schuette appointed a special assistant attorney general to investigate.
Strampel 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 dean until he announced an absence for medical reasons in December. 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 Associated Press contributed to this report.