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New allegations arise against ex-MSU dean William Strampel, Larry Nassar's boss

Asher Fair
Modified 20 Dec 2019, 15:44 IST

USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Sentenced On Multiple Sexual Assault Charges
USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar Sentenced On Multiple Sexual Assault Charges

New sexual misconduct allegations against William Strampel, the ex-dean of Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine who was the boss of the recently convicted former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University physician Larry Nassar, have emerged.

The 70-year-old Strampel, who retired in December of 2017 after getting his position as the dean of the school's medical college in 2002, was arrested last month by Michigan police, and more allegations of sexual misconduct against him have now arisen.

He was previously accused of molesting and harassing female students, and he was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, official misconduct, and willful neglect of duty. Five women accused him of these acts.

These new allegations against him come from two women who Strampel allegedly hired as exam models and paid $100 per hour for nude modeling sessions. According to New York Post, these sessions included invasive practice exams such as breast and pelvic inspections, which involved vaginal and anal penetration.

These were evidently dozens of these exams conducted by Strampel, with some having been held in private and some having been held in front of medical students. According to one of the models, she stopped participating in the exams after Strampel told her that he was "turned on" and physically aroused during one of the exams.

Here is what prosecutors wrote in a motion filed Wednesday in county court, according to NBC News.

"Dean Strampel is not an amusing, bawdy elder statesman. Rather, he is an ugly predator who used his office to harm young women."

Here is what chief legal counsel Eric Restuccia had to say about the matter in the filing, according to New York Post.

“It bears the same eerie mark as the conduct of Larry Nassar, employing the cover of legitimate medical procedures, conducted for his own sexual gratification."

Not shockingly whatsoever, Strampel also has a history of siding with Nassar and covering up for him while he was under investigation at Michigan State.

After Nassar was investigated by the university's Title XI department in 2014 following accusations of sexual assault against him by Amanda Thomashow, who was told she didn't understand the different between sexual assault and a legitimate medical procedure, Strampel allowed him to continue operating on patients under a new set of guidelines.

Here is what was in those guidelines, according to ESPN's Dan Murphy.

"The guidelines included that Nassar should explain fully what he was doing before touching patients near their genitalia or other private areas, that he should avoid skin-to-skin contact whenever possible, and that a chaperone should be present during any such treatment."

However, Nassar, who was actually still under police investigation at this time, continued sexually assaulting his patients anyway and did not adhere to these guidelines.

Strampel never bothered to check to ensure otherwise, either.

Then in September of 2016 when Rachael Denhollander took her story of Nassar's sexual assault to IndyStar to become the first person to publicly accuse him of sexual assault, Strampel let Nassar know that he had his support when Nassar was e-mailed by IndyStar reporter Tim Evans, who had several questions to ask him.

In an email to Nassar, Strampel stated the following.

"Good luck. I am on your side."

Once IndyStar published Denhollander's story, which would ultimately lead to Nassar's downfall when he was arrested later that year in December, Strampel emailed Michigan State's executive vice president for academic affairs, June Youatt.

Here is what Strampel had to say to Youatt, according to the Washington Post.

“I expect that this will be all over the paper tomorrow...Cherry on the Cake of my day!!!”

Strampel ended up firing Nassar shortly after Denhollander's story was released, but he did so to save face -- not because of Nassar's predatory behavior itself. Here is what Strampel had to say to a group of students in October of 2016 to reveal his true reasoning for firing Nassar, according to The Wall Street Journal.

“This just goes to show that none of you learned the most basic lesson in medicine, medicine 101, that you should have learned in your first week: don’t trust your patients. Patients lie to get doctors in trouble. And we’re seeing that right now in the news with this Nassar stuff. I don’t think any of these women were actually assaulted by Larry, but Larry didn’t learn that lesson and didn’t have a chaperone in the room, so now they see an opening and they can take advantage of him. As soon as I found out I had to fire his a**. I didn’t want to, but what am I supposed to do?”

The 54-year-old Nassar, meanwhile, who has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 260 people, including many female gymnasts and several Olympic gymnasts, under the guise of medical treatment, is currently serving the first of three extremely long prison sentences, a 60-year federal prison sentence.

He is doing so at United State Penitentiary Tucson in Tucson, Arizona after being charged with three counts of child pornography this past December.

He was also sentenced to between 40 and 175 years in state prison on seven sexual assault charges in January before he was sentenced to between an additional 40 and 125 years in state prison on three more sexual assault charges in February.

Published 27 Apr 2018, 12:28 IST
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