Michigan State asks athletes for information on Larry Nassar

This Nov. 21, 2016 file photo provided by the Michigan Attorney General's office shows former USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar. Nassar, who has been accused of sexually abusing gymnasts, was hit with a new lawsuit filed in federal court in western Michigan on Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, by 18 women and girls who say they were molested by him, mostly at his clinic at Michigan State University.
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EAST LANSING, Mich. (WILX) Michigan State University is asking all current and former student-athletes for information that may be relevant to the investigation into Dr. Larry Nassar. Nassar is a former University employee charged with sexually assaulting at least 7 athletes in his care. MSU police are investigating dozens of other reports of sex assault. Nassar is also charged with molesting the young daughter of a family friend and with possession of child pornography. More than 50 former patients are suing him in federal court.

A letter from athletic director Mark Hollis says encourages current and former student-athletes to report any wrongdoing from their time at MSU. It also specifically asks anyone with information relevant to the Nassar investigation to call the MSU police tip line at 844-99-MSUPD (844-996-7873). The letter says MSU police will investigate all relevant information. Anything not relevant to current criminal investigations will be given to the University's outside counsel and to the appropriate University offices.

The text of the letter, dated March 2, is as follows:

"Dear Spartan,

As has been reported widely in media and was address in President Simon's Feb. 3 letter to the MSU community, former MSU employee Larry Nassar faces multiple criminal charges for sexual assault. Through his work with the MSU Health Team, Nassar served as team physician seeing student-athletes across multiple sports.

Because you are a member of the MSU athletics family, I am writing to ensure you are aware of how to report any information about any suspected wrongdoing while you were a student-athlete. Any member of the MSU community, past or present, who may have information relevant to the ongoing Nassar investigation is urged to call MSUPD's toll-free tip line at: 844-99-MSUPD.

The MSUPD will follow up on all relevant information it receives. To the extent MSUPD receives information not relevant to ongoing criminal inquiries, MSUPD will forward that information to the University's outside counsel and University offices responsible for conducting investigations on the University's behalf, as appropriate.

Information about community, state, and national sexual assault resources can be found online at titleix.msu.edu and endrape.msu.edu.

The core values of MSU Athletics are clear: respect for self and others, accountability for actions and choices, and integrity. Sexual assault, in any form, is unacceptable. We will continue our commitment to creating a culture that is safe, supportive, responsive and accountable.

Sincerely,
Mark Hollis
Director, MSU Athletics"



 
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