Ex-university dean tied to United States gymnastics scandal charged


An official who oversaw the Michigan State University clinic where former U.S. gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar abused young athletes has been charged with sex-related crimes.

The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine dean, who stepped down in 2017, is listed as being an inmate at the Ingraham County (Michigan) Jail as of Tuesday morning. And a teen's 2004 complaint to Meridian Township police also led to no charges after Nassar offered an aggressive defense and insisted he was using a legitimate medical technique.

Strampel faces multiple charges, at least one a felony, the Detroit Free Press newspaper reported. The focus widened after investigators received a tip.

Andrea Bitely, a spokeswoman for the MI attorney general's office, which is overseeing the investigation of the university, declined to provide any information about Dr. Strampel's arrest, but said he would be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon in East Lansing. And we're seeing that right now in the news with this Nassar stuff.

Strampel held the position between 2002 and 2018. Nassar continued to abuse patients until he was sacked two years later.

The four criminal counts against Nassar's former boss include fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Strampel, 70, who was arrested Monday, failed to protect students and athletes after a Title IX case placed restrictions on Nassar, according to the affidavit.

Strampel's attorney said he would not comment until after a 2:30 p.m. arraignment. He denies that there was any quid pro quo for sexual favours."Regarding the charges relating to Strampel's supervision of Nassar, Dakmak said his client immediately involved other school officials in 2014 when the complaints surfaced and fired Nassar in 2016 when the sexual assault allegations were made".

It became clear that Strampel was a target early on when the AG's office requested his files from MSU.

Two allege he grabbed their buttocks at public events.

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The two misdemeanors are punishable by up to two years in prison and $500 in fines, according to court documents.

Forsyth said many of those charges are tied directly to Strample's position as a dean at MSU.

"Strampel used his office to harass, discriminate, demean, sexually proposition and sexually assault female students", says a seven-page Michigan State Police affidavit supporting the criminal accusations.

A spokesperson from the university has revealed that they will be 100% compliant with authorities as they conduct a further investigation into Strampel's actions.

On Tuesday, District Judge Richard Ball gave the green light to law enforcement officials to execute a warrant and put in motion the criminal complaint against Strampel. A preliminary hearing is set for May 3.

Strample was in charge of overseeing Nassar during his tenure at Michigan State.

A press conference is scheduled Tuesday afternoon with Special Prosecutor Bill Forsyth, who was appointed to investigate MSU's handling of the complaints.

"Despite his representation of his (and the College) intended response to the allegations against Nassar, Strampel did not actually enforce or monitor the protocols, nor did he alert other employees in the sports medicine clinic about the existence of the protocols, let alone order that they be followed with respect to Nassar", the affidavit said.

Nassar was sacked in 2016 for violating that rule.