Michigan Authorities Arrest Former MSU Dean Who Supervised Nassar

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"His dismissal came less than a month after former gymnast Rachael Denhollander filed a criminal complaint saying Nassar had sexually assaulted her with his hands while treating her for back pain years earlier".

Police have arrested William Strampel, the former Michigan State University dean who was Larry Nassar's boss, according to multiple sources with knowledge of the situation.

Strampel, 70, is being held at Ingham County Jail in Mason, Michigan, and is expected to be arraigned on Tuesday morning, authorities said.

BuzzFeed News reached out to the MI attorney general's office for comment on Strampel's arrest but did not immediately receive a response.

John Manly, an attorney who represents many of Nassar's victims, said in a statement that his clients were "encouraged" by Attorney General Bill Schuette's action.

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Strampel stepped down from his role as dean - a role he filled since 2002 and throughout Nassar's career at the university - in December of 2017, citing health reasons.

Strampel announced a leave of absence for medical reasons in December past year.

Strampel has been a focus of the investigation since it began in January, days after Nassar was sentenced to serve 40 to 175 years for seven sex crimes in MI. He began steps last month to revoke his tenure and dismiss the physician-educator.

"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", Manly said. A February letter to the school's provost from Carol Viventi, the vice president and special counsel to Michigan State's president, said Strampel "failed to monitor and enforce clinical practice guidelines put in place for former doctor Larry Nassar following the conclusion of a 2014 sexual harassment investigation". During that time, MSU allowed Nassar to see patients.

Strampel told police he didn't think it was necessary to follow up to make sure Nassar was following the protocol, and he did not inform other employees at the clinic about the new rules.

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Strampel received regular updates on the progress of the Title IX investigation and communicated directly with Nassar during it, documents show. The MSU Police Department led the investigations.

In March 2017, in an interview with a Michigan State police officer and an Federal Bureau of Investigation agent re-examining the 2014 case, Strampel conceded he never followed up to ensure Nassar was adhering to the rules he put in place in July 2014.

The State Journal reported in January that the report given to Nassar and Strampel found Nassar's conduct could open the university to lawsuits and expose patients to "unnecessary trauma based on the possibility of perceived inappropriate sexual misconduct".

According to The Wall Street Journal, Strampel did not believe the hundreds of athletes who accused Nassar of sexual abuse in 2016.

Several survivors of Nassar's abuse have criticized Strampel for what they say was a flippant and insensitive response to more accusations against Nassar in 2016.

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Numerous sexual assault charges related to abuses at MSU, and several for abuses that occurred after the close of the Title IX investigation. Strampel wished him luck and in an email told him, "I am on your side".

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