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William Strampel booking photo. (Ingham County Sheriff's Office)

Partners in crime?

University dean who supervised Larry Nassar arrested, charged with sexually assaulting students

By WITW Staff on March 27, 2018

Larry Nassar’s boss at Michigan State University has been accused of sexually assaulting medical students and coercing them into sending him nude photos — in addition to storing video footage of Nassar molesting a patient on his work computer.

William Strampel, 70, the former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU, was arrested on Monday for using “his office to harass, discriminate, demean, sexually proposition and sexually assault female students in violation of his statutory duty as a public office” according to prosecutors. Strampel faces charges of felony official misconduct and criminal sexual conduct, as well as two counts of willful neglect for failing to enforce treatment protocols of disgraced doctor Larry Nassar, following a flawed investigation into Nassar’s behavior. In early February, Nassar was sentenced to more than 80 years in prison after more than 200 of his victims, including Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman, presented testimony at his sentencing hearing. Last year, Strampel told police that he had failed to follow up on requirements that Nassar have a third person present when providing treatment in which he touched “anything close to a sensitive area.”

Larry Nassar stands with his attorney Matt Newburg as he is sentenced by Judge Janice Cunningham for three counts of criminal sexual assault in Eaton County Circuit Court on February 5, 2018 in Charlotte, Michigan. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)

Authorities said they found more than 50 nude photos that appeared to be of MSU students, as well as a video of Nassar performing his so-called treatment on a student, on Strampel’s work computer. According to a police affidavit, Strampel allegedly told a medical student that she could “put out” for an old man and asked for nude photos during a meeting about a test score last June. In the affidavit, another student alleged being asked for sexual favors in return for being allowed to retake a failed exam. A third student said that she had met with the dean to discuss complaints about her residency, only for Strampel to ask her to turn around so he could look at her body. He then allegedly told her: “What do I have to do to teach you to be submissive and subordinate to men?” The student said she told police about Stampel’s behavior after he groped her buttocks during a scholarship dinner in 2014, but that the doctor continued to harass her and refer to her as “eye candy.” A junior staff member has also accused Stampel of sexually harassing her and groping her butt at a college dance.

Strampel spent Monday night into Tuesday jailed and his attorney, John Dakmak, declined to comment when reached by The Associated Press. For more on the story, watch the video below.

Read the full story at NBC News and The Associated Press.


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