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Larry Nassar's Boss Harassed Models He Hired For Educational Exams, Prosecutors Say

A motion called Dr. William Strampel an "ugly predator who used his office to harm young women." 


By Jon Silman

The former boss of disgraced gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar now faces another wave of sexual assault accusations, with prosecutors accusing him of harassing female models he hired for educational exams.

A motion filed Wednesday called Dr. William Strampel, the former dean of Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine, an "ugly predator who used his office to harm young women," NBC News reported.

Strampel has previously been accused of sexual misconduct by five women.

The new motion by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette does not contain new charges against Strampel, but it details new allegations from two unnamed witnesses.

One of them was a student in 2002 hired by Strampel to be an exam model. She participated in 10 sessions in which Strampel did breast, pelvic and anal exams in front of a small group of students. She stopped doing the $100-an-hour job, however, when Strampel told her during a dinner that the exams had him "turned on" and physically aroused him, prosecutors wrote.

The second witness applied to get into Strampel's college but didn't have high enough test scores. He encouraged her to apply for the modeling job, she told authorities, and then he took her to a private room and performed a breast and vaginal exam with no students around. During a later exam with only one student in the room, he made inappropriate remarks and told her he could let her into the school with substandard test scores.

Prosecutors want the witnesses at a preliminary June hearing to strengthen an argument that Strampel used his office to prey on women.

Strampel was arrested in late March and charged with misconduct in office, fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and willful neglect of duty, according to The Detroit News. The accusations against him included crude comments to grabbing women's backsides.

He has pleaded not guilty and said he's ready to fight the charges.

Strampel was thrown into the spotlight after the Nassar scandal because, according to officials, he didn't restrict Nassar's practices after a 2014 complaint from a patient.

Nassar is serving 175 years in prison after pleading guilty to molesting patients and possession of child porn. More than 265 women, including Olympic gold medalists like Simone Biles, McKayla Maroney and Aly Raisman, have said Nassar molested them.

[Photo: Ingham County Sheriff's Office]