William Strampel arraigned on four counts; read his charges here

Published: Mar. 26, 2018 at 6:41 PM EDT
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Dr. William Strampel, who was once Larry Nassar's boss at MSU, is facing criminal charges for allegedly inappropriately touching a student and storing nude photos of female students on his work computer.

Police arrested Strampel Monday night. A search warrant revealed non-clinical nude and semi-nude images of what are believed to be MSU students and video of Larry Nassar's "treatment" on his University-issued computer, according to the Attorney General's office.

He was charged Tuesday with a felony, a high court misdemeanor and two misdemeanors. Court records show the charges are misconduct in office which is a felony up to 5 years in prison or $10,000; one count 4th-degree criminal sexual conduct, which is contact with force or coercion, upon conviction his DNA would be registered, he would be on the Sex Offender Registry, and face two years and/or $500. The third count is wilful neglect of duty - as a dean at Michigan State University he neglected to develop and maintain the College of Osteopathic Medicine by allowing Dr. Nassar, whom he supervised, to continue to see patients after receiving a Title IX complaint that alleged sexual misconduct by Nassar. This is a misdemeanor with one year in prison or $1000. The fourth count against Strampel is also under wilful neglect of duty by failing to enforce protocols upon Larry Nassar, including but not limited to, the use of surgical gloves during examinations and procedures with patients, acquiring informed consent from patients prior to any examinations or procedures, and attendance by another employee in the examination room with Nassar and patients during these exams. This misdemeanor is also for one year and/or $1000.

You can read the entire complaint by clicking on the attachment that is included with this story under related documents.

The 70-year-old Strampel was the dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine until late last year. According to his personnel file Strampel has been on medical leave from MSU since December 14th.

He told police last year 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." Nassar will spend his life in prison for molesting patients under the guise of treatment.

The arrest came after the Michigan Attorney General's Office called a press conference to give an update on its investigation into Michigan State University. That conference was Tuesday at noon.

During the press conference, Special Independent Councsel Bill Forsyth announced the charges against Strampel in detail. He stated the following:

As Dean of the College, Strampel is alleged to have used his office to harass, discriminate, demean, sexually proposition, and sexually assault female students in violation of his statutory duty as a public officer. See MCL 390.661; Const 1963, art VIII, § 1. As Dean of the College, Strampel is alleged to have abused the authority of his public office, through threats and manipulation, to solicit, receive, and possess pornographic images of women who appear to be MSU students in violation of his statutory duty as a public officer. See MCL 390.661; Const 1963, art VIII, § 1.

Forsyth is also encouraging other students that may have been victim to Strampel's abuse to come forward. There is a tip hotline as well as an online form for anonymous submissions.

Hotline: 844-324-3374


Earlier this month the

published an article claiming that Strampel told a group of students and administrators that he did not believe the female patients who alleged sexual abuse by Nassar.

is a convinced serial child molester who was the USA Gymnastics national team doctor and an osteopathic physician at Michigan State University. He was sentenced earlier this year.

Strampel has been named in more than 100 civil lawsuits as knowing the abuse was going on and not doing anything about it.

John C. Manly is one of the lawyers representing more than 150 alleged victims of Larry Nassar. He gave the following statement:

“Our clients are encouraged by the Attorney General’s action today. 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.”

At Strampel's arraignment Tuesday afternoon, he was given a $25,000 bond and the following conditions:

- no out of state travel

- no contact with any victim

- no contact with any former or current MSU medical student

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for April 27 at 8:30 AM.

Special Counsel Bill Forsyth is encouraging anyone with tips related to William Strampel and his alleged criminal behavior or other incidents to report their information as soon as possible.  

Hotline: 844-324-3374

Website: Mi.gov/MSUinvestigation