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The police arrest the chief MSU of Larry Nassar

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Police arrested William Strampel, the former dean of Michigan State University who was the head of Larry Nassar, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

Strampel, 70, is being held in the county jail of Ingham.

Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth confirmed that S Trampel is staying in jail, but that information about the charges against him will not be released until he is brought to trial.

Strampel faces multiple charges. At least one is a crime and others are misdemeanors, the sources told Free Press without specifying the charges. Strampel served as dean of the Osteopathic College of Medicine from 2002 to December, when he resigned for medical reasons.


Nassar, 54, the MSU doctor accused of molesting dozens of students and athletes, has been sentenced to 60 years in federal prison on charges of child pornography. and is in custody. He also faces a sentence of 40 to 175 years in Ingham County and a sentence of 40 to 125 years in Eaton County, where he was charged with a total of 10 sexual assaults. Those prayers will not start until he finishes the federal sentence.

A spokesman for the State Police told Free Press that all questions should be directed to the Michigan Attorney General's Office Bill Schuette. Attorney General Andrea Bitely's spokeswoman declined to comment Monday night.

The television station Lansing WILX transmitted images of vehicles of the State Police outside the house DeWitt of Strampel.

The arrest comes when the attorney general convened a press conference at noon on Tuesday. A press release said that special prosecutor Bill Forsyth will provide an update of his MSU investigation at the press conference.

Nassar, once a highly regarded osteopathic physician who provided medical care to Olympic athletes and scores of youth gymnasts, is now a convicted felon who is expected to spend the rest of his life in prison for multiple sexual assaults.

The interim president of MSU, John Engler, began the process in February of stripping Strampel of his mandate and firing him for not complying with the special protocols established for Nassar after a sexual assault investigation in 2014.

"William Strampel did not act with the level of professionalism we expect from people in senior leadership positions, particularly in a position that involves the safety of students and patients," Engler said in a statement issued by the university at the time. "In addition, allegations have arisen that question whether his personal conduct over a long period of time met the MSU standards, and we are sending an unequivocal message today that we will eliminate employees who do not treat students, teachers, staff or any other person in our community appropriately. "

Attorney Shannon Smith is with Larry Nassar while appearing in court on Friday, January 20, 2017, during a trial motion hearing at the 55th District Court in Mason. (Photo: Julia Nagy / Lansing State Journal)

The Title IX 2014 investigation has been the focus of much of the criticism leveled at MSU about the management of Nassar University. Nassar was acquitted of the policy violations then, in part, on the basis of the opinions of four medical experts who worked for the university and had close ties to Nassar.

Strampel apparently responded to the guidance in a report by an MSU researcher by creating protocols for Nassar's return to patients. They included the requirement to wear gloves when performing procedures in intimate areas, having another person present during such treatments and explaining the procedure and obtaining consent before treating patients.

When MSU rescinded Nassar in September 2016, one of the reasons was its failure to follow those protocols, although Strampel himself later acknowledged that he had not attempted to enforce them after the Title IX review concluded there was no violation of the policy. of the university.

Strampel regularly reviewed the status of the investigation while it was ongoing, expressed support for Nassar and told Nassar that he could return to clinical work before the investigation was concluded, according to the emails. It is not clear if Nassar did it.

A lawyer representing more than 150 Nassar survivors praised the measure.

"Our clients are encouraged by the Attorney General's action today," attorney John Manly said in a statement. "It shows that he is serious about the investigation of systemic misconduct at MSU that led to the biggest child sexual abuse scandal in history and hold accountable the responsible parties."

Contact David Jesse: 313-222- 8851 or Follow him on Twitter: @reporterdavidj. The Lansing State Journal contributed to this report.

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