William D. Strampel, the veteran head of convicted pedophile Larry Nassar and former dean of the Osteopathic School of Medicine Michigan State University said in 2016 that it did not believe in athletes who accused Nassar of sexual abuse. Reports of the Wall Street Journal.
Strampel supervised Nassar for almost 15 years during Nassar's tenure as MSU team physician, during which time Nassar sexually abused hundreds of athletes. He left the position of dean in 2017 for medical reasons and, in the midst of a negative reaction, ignored the complaints about Nassar. Strampel remains an employee of MSU and is named defendant in several civil suits against MSU.
The Wall Street Journal recently obtained notes from a meeting in October 2016 with four students and three MSU administrators about a separate incident of sexual assault between a female student and a male student. According to the notes, Strampel ignored the accusations of the student and pointed to Nassar as an example of how people often lie about the abuse:
"This shows that none of you he learned the most basic lesson in medicine, medicine 101, which he should have learned in his first week: do not trust your patients, "said Dr. Strampel. "Patients lie for doctors to have problems, and we're seeing that right now in the news with these things from Nassar." I do not think any of these women have been assaulted by Larry, but Larry did not learn that lesson and did not have a companion. in the room, so now they see an opportunity and can take advantage of it "
According to the written account, he added:" As soon as I found out I had to shoot his ass ". I did not want to, but what am I supposed to do? "
One of the people at the meeting told the media that everyone at the meeting was shocked by Strampel's comments." It can not be serious, "said the person.
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Nassar was fired from MSU for accusations of sexual abuse in September 2016, only a few weeks before this meeting, he was arrested in November of the same year on charges of child pornography.
An MSU spokeswoman told him HuffPost that the university will not speak on behalf of Strampel, but noted that interim president of MSU, John Engler, began the process of rescinding the Strampel job in February.
"William Strampel did not act with the level of professionalism that we expect from people who occupy high leadership, particularly in a position that involves the safety of students and patients, "Engler said at the time. "Today we are sending an unequivocal message that we will eliminate employees who do not treat students, teachers, staff or anyone else in our community appropriately."
The Strampel termination process could take up to one year.
MSU's School of Osteopathic Medicine did not immediately respond to HuffPost's request for comments. Strampel could not be reached for comment.
MSU and its administration have been furious over how the university did not protect its students. According to an explosive report by The Detroit News, at least 14 employees and representatives of MSU were informed of Nassar's abuse, but did nothing to stop it.
According to court records, Nassar abused at least 265 children and young athletes during his time at MSU and as a physician on the US gymnastics team. Last year, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in prison on charges of child pornography. He was recently sentenced to two separate sentences of up to 175 years for child sexual abuse.
This article has been updated to include a comment from a spokesperson for Michigan State University.