State files complaints against 2 MSU athletic trainers in Nassar investigation

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LANSING, Mich. (WILX) -- The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs has filed administrative complaints against two Michigan State University athletic trainers. Investigators say Destiny Treachnor-Hauk and Lianna Hadden lied when they claimed no students had ever made them aware of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse.

The LARA complaints say in the fall of 2000 a student told Treachnor-Hauk that Nassar had repeatedly penetrated her vagina with a bare finger in 1999 and 2000. The student says Treachnor-Hauk told her it was a legitimate medical procedure and not to worry.

The complaints also say one student told Hadden about the abuse in the spring of 2000. The student claims Hadden said she would tell her supervisor. The complaint says a second student went to Hadden soon after to ask if there was a confidential way to report being uncomfortable with Nassar's treatment. She says Hadden told her to file a complaint if she believed Nassar's conduct was criminal. The second student says she did not tell Hadden details but believed Hadden and other members of the athletic training staff knew about Nassar's inter-vaginal treatment.

Special agents with the Attorney General's office interviewed Treachnor-Hauk and Hadden on June 11, 2018. The agents say both trainers denied that any student had reported Nassar's abuse. They have 30 days to respond to the complaints. They can request a compliance conference or a hearing. They could have their licenses suspended or revoked if LARA determines they violated the Public Health Code by lying or showing a lack of good moral character. Fines, probation and limitations on the license are also possibilities.

Treachnor-Hauk and Hadden have not been charged with a crime. News 10 has asked Attorney General Dana Nessel's office if charges are coming or if the trainers have been cleared. Nessel, the head of the State Police and Michigan's solicitor general are holding a press briefing Thursday to update the public on the Nassar investigation as well as probes into sexual abuse by Catholic clergy and the Flint water crisis.

Three former Michigan State leaders have been charged in the Nassar case. Former president Lou Anna Simon and former gymnastics coach Kathie Klages are charged with lying to investigators about when they learned of the abuse allegations. Former College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel is charged with criminal sexual conduct and misconduct of a public official.

Nassar is serving a virtual life sentence. He's currently in federal prison serving a 60-year term on child pornography charges. If he gets out he will start serving concurrent sentences of 40-175 years and 40-125 years in state prison for molesting young women.

News 10 and will keep you updated on the investigation as well as the administrative proceedings against Destiny Treachnor-Hauk and Lianna Hadden.