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Larry Nassar

Dr. Larry Nassar was the medical director for the U.S. Gymnastics team and an associate professor at Michigan State University, where he was the team physician for the women’s gymnastics and crew teams.

Michigan Radio's Kate Wells has been covering the sexual abuse case against former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar for more than a year.

Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on January 24, 2018. MSU President Lou Anna Simon resigned the next day. You can scroll through all of our coverage here.

TIMELINE: A long history of abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar

TIMELINE: The Larry Nassar scandal at MSU

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No one at Michigan State University followed up to make sure that Larry Nassar was complying with policies put in place by MSU following a Title IX sexual assault investigation in 2014. Instead, the school allowed Nassar to return to work, even as its own campus police investigation into Nassar continued for more than a year.

Nassar in court.
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The dean of Michigan State University's school of osteopathy, who supervised former sports Dr. Larry Nassar, is stepping down. Lawsuits filed against the university by alleged victims and their families say William Strampel and other MSU officials ignored warnings that Nassar was a predator. MSU says Strampel is resigning as dean for "medical reasons" and will remain on the faculty.

This Week in Review, Weekend Edition host Rebecca Kruth and senior news analyst Jack Lessenberry talk about whether we'll see more stories like this from MSU in the coming weeks and months.


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Today the Michigan State University Board of Trustees gave President Lou Anna Simon a raise. She donated that $150,000 to a scholarship fund.

Top leaders at Michigan State University, including Simon, also offered apologies to women who say they were sexually assaulted by Larry Nassar, the former MSU sports doctor. They also created a $10 million fund to pay for counseling and other services.

Jessica Smith is one of the 125 women and girls who say Nassar sexually assaulted them. She was at the MSU Board of Trustees meeting earlier today, and joined us on Stateside afterward.

MSU President Lou Anna Simon
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Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon has apologized to survivors of sex assaults by sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Simon made the apology during a Michigan State Board of Trustees meeting Friday. The university faces complaints and lawsuits that claim they ignored warnings that Nassar was abusing girls and women who were his patients. Nassar has pleaded guilty to multiple counts of sexual assault.

Michigan State University

A medical school dean who supervised a Michigan State University sports doctor convicted of sexually abusing patients is stepping down.

Larry Nassar in court with his attorneys, Shannon Smith and Matthew Newburg.
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

USA Gymnastics has filed a motion to dismiss a lawsuit filed against it by alleged sexual assault victims of former sports Dr. Larry Nassar.

The organization is named as a co-defendant in the suit which involves 141 plaintiffs. Ninety-three have asserted claims against USAG. 

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Michigan Senate Democrats

For more than a year, the sexual assault scandal at Michigan State University has been simmering in the background, a ticking time bomb that was certain to explode with devastating consequences for the university.

That this would have a political dimension was also certain.

The "Sparty" statue on the MSU campus
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As calls for an independent investigation into Michigan State University's handling of the sexual assault charges against former sports Dr. Larry Nassar grow louder, here’s a rundown of people currently working at MSU, who victims say were either 1) told about Nassar’s abuse years ago; or 2) whose failures to protect children and students on campus, they believe, border on negligence. 

https://www.michiganstateuniversityonline.com/about/michigan-state/

It’s been a rough several days for Michigan State University and its president, Lou Anna K. Simon.

Larry Nassar at a hearing in Michigan in 2017
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

Last week I talked about the sexual assault scandal involving sport doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University and its possible effect on next year’s campaign for governor. 

MSU President Lou Anna Simon
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State House Speaker Tom Leonard, R-DeWitt, says it’s time for Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon to step down.

It's part of the growing chorus of criticism of how MSU has handled a sex assault scandal.

Leonard says MSU has not been forthcoming about who knew what and when as far as suspicions that a university sports doctor was sexually abusing athletes.

“Best case scenario, they have shown they are grossly negligent. In worst-case scenario, something is being covered up,” Leonard said.

Larry Nassar in court with his attorneys, Shannon Smith and Matthew Newburg.
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

A lawyer for Michigan State University tells Attorney General Bill Schuette that no MSU officials knew about the predatory behavior of a former sports doctor on its faculty.

The letter from former federal prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald says MSU officials first learned of allegations regarding Larry Nassar last year from newspaper reports.

Click here for a timeline detailing Nassar's history

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Michigan Attorney General's office

The former Olympic gymnastics and Michigan State University sports doctor who sexually abused patients under the guise of treatments, got what’s effectively a life sentence today – albeit for different crimes.

Nassar in court.
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

A judge has sentenced a Michigan sports doctor to 60 years in federal prison for child pornography crimes, one of three criminal cases against a man who also admits assaulting female gymnasts.

There is, to put it mildly, a lot going on these days, with the biggest story being the ever-mushrooming national sexual harassment scandal.

But there is another sex scandal of a different sort that is already a big deal and which seems almost certain to become much bigger and take on many more dimensions. I’m speaking about the events at Michigan State University, involving former sports medicine Dr. Larry Nassar, who has been credibly accused of sexually abusing at least 125 women and girls.

Larry Nassar in court with his attorneys, Shannon Smith and Matthew Newburg.
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

As she prepares to sentence a former Olympic gymnastics and Michigan State University sports doctor for child pornography possession next week, federal Judge Janet Neff is getting a picture of two very different Larry Nassars.

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MSU

So far, Michigan State University has refused to release findings of an internal review into how Dr. Larry Nassar was able to sexually abuse young gymnasts for years.

But that could change now that Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette has formally asked to see them.

Schuette sent a letter making that request to MSU President Lou Anna Simon Monday.

MSU President Lou Anna Simon
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It's time for Lou Anna Simon to go, says the Lansing State Journal.

A front-page editorial in Sunday's paper called on the Michigan State University president to resign over her handling of an array of sexual assault and harassment problems. The paper compares MSU's problems with Penn State's Jerry Sandusky scandal.

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A major state newspaper is calling for the president of Michigan State University to resign or be fired.

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Larry Nassar, the doctor who worked with various women's gymnastics programs including the Michigan State University team and USA Gymnastics, pled guilty this week to charges of first degree criminal sexual conduct with children under the age of 16. 

Nassar alongside his attorneys at the plea hearing in Eaton County Court Wednesday
Tyler Scott

Larry Nassar pleaded guilty in a second state criminal case in Eaton County court Wednesday morning. The former sports doctor for Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics admitted to molesting three girls, one of whom was under the age of 13 at the time of the abuse. Nassar also pleaded guilty in a separate case in Ingham County earlier this month.

Some victims look on during the plea hearing in which Dr. Larry Nassar pled guilty to 1st degree criminal sexual conduct.
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

Former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, accused of molesting seven girls, has pleaded guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He faces at least 25 years in prison.

The "Sparty" statue on the MSU campus
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Michigan State University wants to prove it takes sexual assault issues seriously. After a year in which a former MSU sports doctor was arrested and accused of sexually abusing at least 120 women and girls, and three former football players were charged with sexual misconduct, the school brought in a law firm to review its Title IX policies and procedures.

A small group of women (including some not pictured here) have met up to share and process their alleged abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar. From left: Christine Harrison, Larissa Boyce, Jennifer Smith, and Alexis Alvarado
Kate Wells/Michigan Radio

This year, more than 120 women and girls found out they’re part of the same terrible club.

As children and teens, they were all allegedly abused by former Michigan State University and Olympic gymnastics sports doctor, Larry Nassar.

Now, as Nassar considers a plea deal next week on multiple sexual assault charges, some of these women and girls are meeting for the first time.
 

Larry Nassar in court in recent months with his attorneys, Shannon Smith and Matthew Newburg.
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

For the 120-plus women and girls who were allegedly abused by former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar, it’s overwhelming to think that he may actually admit to assault as early as next week.

Nassar, who also worked as the doctor for the US Olympic women’s gymnastics team, is scheduled to have a plea hearing in Ingham County Circuit Court next week, where he’s facing more than a dozen charges, including multiple counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving a child under the age of 13.

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Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

State prosecutors can’t use Larry Nassar’s child pornography possession as evidence in his upcoming sexual assault trial.

Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina says if jurors are presented with Nassar’s federal conviction for possessing thousands of images of child pornography, they’d automatically convict him.

“Should this child pornography come in, it would unfairly prejudice the jury,” Aquilina said Friday at a pretrial hearing. “After the jury heard about these pictures, the sheer number of them, I think the jury would stop listening and simply convict.”

Nassar in court.
Kate Wells / Michigan Radio

“Bubba will be his new bed partner.”

“Special circle of hell waiting for him.”

Those are just a couple of the Facebook comments Larry Nassar’s attorneys submitted to Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina last month, as part of their bid to move his upcoming trial out of the county.

It’s evidence, they argue, that after all the “inflammatory” media coverage of Nassar’s alleged sexual assaults, he can’t get a fair trial in the county where he’s lived and practiced for years.

From tabloids to Time, McKayla Maroney just launched the Larry Nassar story back into the national spotlight.

Her statements early this morning describing alleged sexual assault by Nassar during her Olympic gymnastics career are detailed and horrifying.

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Michigan Attorney General's office

A former Michigan State University sports doctor’s sexual assault case will continue as scheduled – despite objections by both the defense and the prosecutors.

Both sides agree Dr. Larry Nassar’s Ingham County trial needs to wait. Nassar will be sentenced on federal child pornography charges soon.

The current schedule has that court date happening the same week as jury selection for sexual assault charges in an Ingham County court.

The prosecutor and defense said that with all the media attention, Nassar wouldn’t be able to get a fair trial with that schedule.

Rosemarie Aquilina is the judge in the Ingham County case. She says there will be over 700 jurors to choose from.

“Those jurors will be told not to listen to the media.  Not to do any homework,” Aquilina said.

Nassar is accused of sexually assaulting multiple young gymnasts under the guise of medical treatment.

Aquilina says that trial will go forward as planned.

The "Sparty" statue on the MSU campus
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Larissa Boyce has good days and bad days.

Today is a good day. Boyce’s husband, Adam, a teacher, and their three oldest kids are at school, leaving just her and three-year-old Skyler to visit Grandpa and the central passion of Skyler’s life: Grandpa’s tractor.

“All done with tractor,” Skyler announces solemnly at the end of their ride. (A few minutes later: “Go tractor?”)

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