Sex-Assault Case Dropped Against MSU Trainer

WWJ News
October 12, 2019 - 2:02 pm
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LANSING (WWJ/AP) - Prosecutors have dropped a felony sexual-assault case against a Michigan State University athletic trainer who separately was among several people at the school implicated in the Larry Nassar sex-abuse scandal.

David Jager was charged with assault with intent to commit sexual penetration in a 2016 incident involving a woman in Lansing. The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office told a judge Friday that it was dismissing the charge.

The case wasn't related to Nassar. But the state attorney general's office last year concluded that Jager and 10 others at Michigan State knew about but didn't report Nassar's sexual abuse of gymnasts and other female athletes. Nassar was convicted and sentenced to decades in prison.

Jager has been on unpaid leave since late August.

Hundreds of girls and women have said Nassar molested them when he was a physician, including while he worked at Michigan State and Indianapolis-based USA Gymnastics, which trains U.S. Olympians. He pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting nine victims and possessing child pornography.

MSU last year agreed to a $500 million deal with Nassar's accusers. Most of the money, $425 million, was for 333 people, mostly women and girls, who had already sued. MSU so far has settled with 72 people in the second wave of litigation but dozens remain.