In this May 3, 2018, file photo, former Michigan State University Dean of Osteopathic Medicine William Strampel listens as Eric Restuccia, chief legal counsel at the Attorney General's Office, presents three charges against him during a motion hearing in Judge Richard Ball's 54B District Court room in East Lansing, Mich. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP, File)

Closing Arguments End In Trial Of Ex-Michigan State University Dean

June 11, 2019 - 11:52 am

LANSING (WWJ/AP) - Closing arguments have concluded in the trial of a former medical school dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned former sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University.

William Strampel is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct and misconduct in office — both felonies — and misdemeanor willful neglect of duty. He's accused of sexually harassing female students and failing to ensure Nassar was following patient restrictions ordered in 2014.

Three women, including two current medical students, accuse Strampel of sexual harassment, including bawdy talk about sex and nude photos and a groping incident. Investigators found about two dozen sexually explicit photos and videos on his campus computer and a hidden camera.

Assistant Attorney General Danielle Hagaman-Clark said Tuesday that Strampel had "complete indifference" to overseeing Nassar and corruptly used sexual innuendo with students.

Defense attorney John Dakmak said using inappropriate language is not a crime. He said a host people had oversight of Nassar.

Strampel was the first person charged after Michigan's attorney general launched an investigation 1½ years ago into how Michigan State handled complaints against Nassar. A former university president and an ex-women's gymnastics coach also face charges.

Hundreds of girls and women say Nassar molested them when he was a physician. He is serving decades in prison for assault and child pornography crimes.

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