Michigan State official who oversaw Larry Nassar accused of storing nude photos

Mar 31, 2018, 08:06
Michigan State official who oversaw Larry Nassar accused of storing nude photos

Strampel's other charges - felony misconduct of a public official, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines, and misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct, punishable by up to 2 years in prison and $500 in fines - stem from a pattern of discriminatory behavior described by four former female students.

Michigan State has since ended its relationship with the PR firm, a university spokeswoman said, but she would not specify the reason. The focus widened after investigators received a tip.

Strampel's attorney did not reply to a request for comment Monday evening, and a call to Strampel's home in nearby DeWitt, Mich., was not returned.

"We did what we felt we needed to do and it led us to where we are today", Forsyth said.

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.

In a later report by Reuters, it was revealed that Strampel has been charged on Tuesday morning with four cases of criminal sexual conduct.

The maximum penalty for the charges ranges from one year in jail to five years in prison.

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. "He denies that there was any quid pro quo for sexual favours".

Strampel was Nassar's boss and back in 2016 he stated he didn't believe the allegations against Nassar, the Wall Street Journal reported.

In February, interim Michigan State President John Engler announced plans to fire Strampel, who still has tenure that protects his employment as a faculty member. He said Strampel did what he was required to do.

He is also accused of grabbing students' buttocks at the college's annual ball and a scholarship dinner.

Another woman accused Strampel of suggesting that she "become a centerfold model". "Strampel abused the authority of his public office, through threats and manipulation, to solicit, receive, and possess pornographic images of women who appear to be MSU students".

His computer contained approximately 50 photos of female genitalia, nude and semi-nude women, sex toys and pornography.

Strampel, who is 70 years old, served as dean of the college from 2002 to December 2017. A split screen showed him expressing little emotion as he interacted with the judge.

Strampel was released on a $25,000 personal recognizance bond. A preliminary hearing is set for May 3.

Strampel is also accused of "willful neglect of duty" after mishandling the cases against Nassar, leading to more sexual abuses.

As the first week of Nassar's sentencing hearing wrapped up, the firm detailed to MSU communications staff some of the new development that were driving conversation, including victim impact statements by Raisman and fellow Olympic medalist Jordyn Wieber, the news that the Attorney General's Office would open an investigation into the university's handle of the Nassar matter and the MSU trustees "affirmation of support for President Simon, which was largely met by disbelief and anger on social media".

"It demonstrates that he is serious about investigating the systemic misconduct at MSU that led to the largest child sex abuse scandal in history and holding the responsible parties accountable", attorney John Manly said in a statement, according to the Detroit Free Press.

Dakmak said Strampel named other school personalities involved in the mishandling of the complaints filed against Nassar in 2014.

Nassar was sacked in 2016 for violating that rule.