We seems to have the answer to the question "How did Larry Nassar get away with it for so long?"
The former dean of Michigan State University’s school of osteopathic medicine sexually assaulted and harassed four female students, and also mishandled a 2014 complaint that Larry Nassar sexually assaulted a patient, allowing further abuses by the disgraced former Olympic gymnastics physician to occur, according to criminal charges unsealed in Michigan Tuesday morning.
William Strampel, 70, who led Michigan State’s medical school from 2002 until late last year, was arrested Monday evening and taken to jail on four charges — one felony and three misdemeanors — stemming from the Michigan Attorney General’s Office’s ongoing investigation of the role others at the school may have played in crimes committed by Nassar, the former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics physician accused by more than 250 girls and women of sexual abuse.
Tuesday’s criminal charges invited more criticism from Nassar’s victims and their attorneys of Michigan State’s board of trustees, who resisted calls for nearly a year to commission an independent investigation of how the serial pedophile — accused of abusing children as far back as the mid-1990s — was able to escape detection for so long. Until relenting to demands for an inquiry in January, Michigan State board members publicly maintained university officials, including Strampel, didn’t deserve blame for Nassar’s crimes.
And the new details are truly sickening
Strampel’s other charges — felony misconduct of a public official, punishable by up to 5 years in prison and $10,000 in fines, and misdemeanor criminal sexual conduct, punishable by up to 2 years in prison and $500 in fines — stem from a pattern of discriminatory behavior described by four former female students.
Two allege he grabbed their buttocks at public events. One woman alleged Strampel told her “she was never going to make it in the profession if she did not dress sexier,” and that she needed “to be submissive and subordinate to men.” At one Michigan State event, the woman alleged, Strampel stared at her chest, and when she directed the dean to look at her face, he replied, “eye candy is eye candy.” Another woman alleged that Strampel once suggested “she become a centerfold model,” and told her about another female medical student who became a stripper to pay for medical school.
And then we get to extra special vile
On Strampel’s work computer, the complaint alleges, investigators found about 50 photos of nude women and other pornography, many of them self-taken photos investigators believe he solicited from Michigan State students. Investigators also found pornographic videos, and a video of Nassar performing “treatment” on a young female patient. A forensic examination showed someone attempted to delete some of the photos, according to the complaint.
It’s not clear if the video of Nassar referenced in the complaint showed an obvious sex crime occurring, or if it showed Nassar performing accepted medical treatment. In the past, when complaints were raised about Nassar, he occasionally circulated videos or photographs of him performing valid medical treatment, arguing that his methods had simply been misunderstood. At a news conference Tuesday, special prosecutor Bill Forsyth, who is leading the investigation, declined to answer any questions, including those about the evidence collected from Strampel’s computer.
What is truly evil about this summed up quite nicely here
MSU’s line all along has been that Nassar, the former sports medicine doctor who molested hundreds of women, was an anomaly.
The administration maintained that nobody knew what he was doing, let alone committing crimes themselves against women students. Former Dean William Strampel is, of course, entitled to a legal presumption of innocence.
But if the charges filed by special independent counsel Bill Forsyth are proven to be true, what was going on was far more monstrous than anyone imagined. Strampel’s computer was loaded with pornographic images, including what appear to be MSU students.
But there was also a video of Nassar performing his infamous “treatment” on a young woman. Was Strampel fully aware of what was going on? Did he know what Nassar was doing and revel in it? We don’t yet know.
This is going to be right up there with the Penn State scandal. Especially if we manage to find out even more loathsome details. What is damn certain is that the metoo movement was a long time in coming.