William Strampel, 70, is the first person charged since an investigation was launched in January into how Michigan State handled complaints against Nassar, who for years sexually violated girls and young women, especially gymnasts, with his fingers during examinations. Police arrested Nassar's boss at Michigan State University, William Strampel, as part of the ongoing investigation by Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette.
William Strampel, 70, who led Michigan State's medical school from 2002 until late previous year, was arrested Monday evening and taken to jail on four charges - one felony and three misdemeanors - stemming from the Michigan Attorney General's Office's ongoing investigation of the role others at the school may have played in crimes committed by Nassar, the former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics physician accused by more than 250 girls and women of sexual abuse.
Strampel told police a year ago he never followed up after ordering Nassar in 2014 to have a third person present when providing treatment to "anything close to a sensitive area". Prison records listed him as an inmate, but officials had not announced any arrest. The accusations also include failing to properly oversee Nassar, whose scandal sparked probes into why the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Gymnastics and the university failed for years to investigate complaints.
"Although the allegations against Dr. Strampel are extremely troubling, I can not say they are surprising", said White.
Nassar is serving decades in prison for sexual abuse and possessing child pornography.
Mr Strampel stepped down at the end of previous year ostensibly for medical reasons, but initially remained on the college's payroll.
A letter from Carol Viventi, vice president and special counsel to interim Michigan State President John Engler, called out "Dr. Strampel's failure to monitor and enforce clinical practice guidelines put in place for former doctor Larry Nassar following the conclusion of a 2014 sexual harassment investigation".
A court officer works in the courtroom as William Strampel, left, appears during his video arraignment with Judge Richard D. Ball, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in East Lansing, Mich. Strampel, a Michigan State University official who oversaw Larry Nassar, was arrested Monday amid an investigation into the handling of complaints against the former sport doctor, who is in prison for sexually assaulting patients under the guise of treatment.
"In 2016, when the allegation of actual, sexual assault was made, my client immediately terminated Nassar". The felony and misdemeanor charges - misconduct in office, criminal sexual conduct and two counts of neglect of duty - carry maximum penalties ranging from a year to five years behind bars.
Nassar was sacked from MSU in September 2016 over the allegations of sexual abuse.
There's fresh drama related to Michigan State and its imprisoned serial molester, Larry Nassar. A campus police probe of Nassar that occurred at the same time resulted in no charges being filed.
Nassar has been accused of molesting well over 100 female students and athletes, and was also convicted for the possession of child pornography. No charge or bail information was available as of late Monday night.
John Manly, a lawyer for numerous victims, said his clients were encouraged by the latest arrest.
Strampel told authorities in 2017 that he did not check to see if Nassar was obeying the examining-room restrictions because Nassar had been "exonerated" in an investigation by police and the university.