Michigan AG To Update Investigation Into MSU's Handling Of Nassar Case
- Author: Tracy Klein Jan 29, 2018,
Jan 29, 2018, 9:06
A scathing report following an investigation by ESPN's Outside The Lines revealed a trend of suppressing information and mishandling of complaints about sexual misconduct at Michigan State University.
Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has an ongoing investigation into the scandal and has appointed an independent special prosecutor, retired Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth, to determine what people knew before Nassar was finally removed as a doctor at MSU in fall 2016. Michigan State Police are assisting, and Assistant Attorney General Christina Grossi was named project manager.
"Let's be very clear, no individual and no department at Michigan State University is off limits", Schuette said.
Schuette said his investigators will speak with every victim in the case.
Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis stepped down on Friday following reports that the school knew of the abuse claims but failed to take action.
Lou Anna Simon submitted her resignation as MSU president on Wednesday night, immediately after Nassar, who worked for MSU and USA Gymnastics, the sport's national governing body, was sentenced to 45-175 years in prison for molesting some of the sport's top athletes and others under the guise of medical treatment.
Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is considering whether to launch an inquiry into Michigan State University.
150 girls and young women, including some MSU athletes.
Numerous women said that when they spoke up about the treatment, they were ignored or their concerns brushed aside by organizations in power, primarily USA Gymnastics, Michigan State University and the US Olympic Committee.
The remaining members of the USA Gymnastics board of directors will resign under pressure from the United States Olympic Committee after the USOC threatened to decertify the organization if it didn't take more strident steps toward change amid the fallout from the scandal surrounding former team doctor Larry Nassar.
When the Star published Denhollander's, Strampel and several others at Michigan State exchanged emails with one other.
Decked in teal in support of sexual assault survivors, students, faculty, politicians and survivors spoke during the rally and march, calling for a change in the university's handling of sexual assault allegations in the wake of the Nassar's sentencing, where his victims testified that that MSU had dismissed complaints of the doctor sexually assaulting girls during appointments more than 20 years ago. "When we're done we can't promise that everyone will like what we find, but we can promise we will do it right", he said. Bill Beekman is expected to serve briefly in the role until the board of trustees can hire an interim president and then a permanent leader.
Schuette said that his office's review of MSU has been going on for some time.
The USA Gymnastics program should be totally and temporarily suspended, shut down until its house is clean.
Sixteen players have been accused of sexual assault or violence against women under football coach Mark Dantonio's watch since 2007, according to interviews and public records obtained by ESPN, despite the football coach addressing four football players in June as the first offenders he dealt with on any such issues.
DeVos confirmed the investigation Friday.