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Former Dean At Michigan State University Arrested In Sex Abuse Scandal

William Strampel allegedly has history of making inappropriate sexual comments to students and had pornography on his computer.

By Irina Gonzalez

Larry Nassar's boss and the former dean of Michigan State University's School of Osteopathic Medicine has been arrested on Monday night. 

William Strampel was charged with a felony, a high court misdemeanor and two misdemeanors, according to ABC News. The 70-year-old is the first person charged in connection with Nassar's scandal. According to the arrest affidavit, Strampel has a history of making inappropriate sexual comments to female students and investigators say that they found pornography on his computer. 

Nassar was sentenced to 175 years in prison earlier this year for decades of sexual abuse including the U.S.A. Gymnastics national team.

Attorney John C. Manly, who represented Nassar's victims, is "encouraged" by the news. 

"Our clients are encouraged by the Attorney General's action today," Manly said in a statement. "It demonstrates that he is serious about investigating the systemic misconduct at MSU that led to the largest child sex abuse scandal in history and holding the responsible parties accountable."


In December, results of a joint investigation by Michigan State University police and the FBI were released and showed that Strampel said to police that he didn't "see the feel to follow-up to ensure" that Nassar was following the new guidelines when he returned to work after a sexual assault accusation in 2014, according to ABC News. 

However, it seems that Nassar was not the only culprit at MSU. 

The arrest affidavit for Strampel alleges that he groped two female medical students, made inappropriate sexual comments to female students and that investigators found porn on his computer, according to USA Today. He also approached a woman from behind and grabbed her right buttocks during the college's annual ball in 2010, solicited nude photos from at least one female student and in 2011 summoned a student to his office and degraded her body in a rant after asking her to stand so that he could observe her body. 

Former university-conducted performance reviews of Strampel also revealed that he "rules with fear" and regularly talked about women's appearances and made sexual innuendos while in conversations with students and co-workers, according to ESPN

One respondent wrote that his inappropriate comments and discussions of his own sexual history were "well known and bring down the respect and reputation of the Osteopathic college. I do not think this is a new issue, instead I think it is something that the College has chosen to ignore, for what reason I dare not imagine and cannot fathom."

Aside from his history of inappropriate behavior and these latest legal entanglements, Strampel is also a co-defendant in civil lawsuits related to Nassar's abuse, according to ESPN. 

Strampel will be arraigned on Tuesday afternoon.

[Photo: Michigan State University]

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