LANSING, Mich. (Detroit News Watch/AP) — Closing arguments in the trial of a former medical school dean William Strampel, who had oversight of now-imprisoned and former sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University has ended.
Hundreds of women and girls say when Nassar was a physician he molested them. Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison.
Strampel is charged with with second-degree criminal sexual conduct and misconduct in office — both felonies — and misdemeanor willful neglect of duty.
The 70-year-old man — who was the first person charged since the investigation was launched in January 2018 — is accused of sexually harassing female students and failing to ensure Nassar was following patient restrictions ordered in 2014.
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.
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