EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) – The NCAA has authorized Michigan State University of any violation of the rules in the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal, the school announced Thursday.
Athletic director Bill Beekman said the university "cooperated fully with the investigation" and welcomes the conclusion of the NCAA. The school said it received a letter this week from NCAA application vice president Jonathan Duncan.
Nassar, 55, pleaded guilty to assaulting girls and women while working as a sports doctor on campus for athletes and gymnasts from the state of Michigan in the region. The victims included US Olympians. UU That they trained at the USA Gymnastics based in Indianapolis. He has been sentenced to decades in prison in three separate cases involving assault and child pornography.
Duncan's letter said: "There seems to be no need for further investigation," according to the state of Michigan.
"While we agree with the NCAA that we did not commit a breach, that does not diminish our commitment to guarantee the health, safety and well-being of our student athletes." That promise permeates everything we do as part of a larger commitment. of the university to make MSU a safer campus, "Beekman said in a statement.
The State of Michigan has denied anyone hiding Nassar's crimes. But former athletes say that several campus staff members downplayed or dismissed their complaints about him.
The university in May reached a $ 500 million settlement with hundreds of women and girls who claimed to have been assaulted by Nassar.
Former gymnast Kathie Klages, a former ally of Nassar, appeared in court on Thursday accused of lying to investigators. Klages is accused of denying that the gymnasts have ever complained about Nassar's attacks. Authorities say that two teenagers complained to her in 1997.
Defense attorney Mary Chartier said Klages will fight the charges.
Separately, the university said the NCAA did not find violations in the way football and basketball teams responded to assault charges against players.