Eric Restuccia, Chief Legal Counsel from the Attorney General's Office argues his case against William Strampel
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LANSING – Attorney General Bill Schuette has asked the state to strip the medical license from William Strampel, the former Michigan State University dean who oversaw Larry Nassar and now also faces sexual assault charges.
Schuette’s announcement came on the day same MSU agreed to pay $500 million to settle lawsuits filed by hundreds of Nassar victims who say the university failed to protect them.
Strampel, a 70-year-old DeWitt resident, faces four criminal charges, including a fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge and a felony count of misconduct in office. Schuette’s office has accused him of using his position as dean of MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine to “harass, discriminate, demean, sexually proposition, and sexually assault female students.”
“The alleged license violations are serious and must be treated as such,” Schuette said in a statement Wednesday. “I encourage a thorough and complete review of all evidence by the Board of Osteopathic Medicine as they determine the future of Strampel’s medical license.”
John Dakmak, Strampel’s attorney, did not respond to messages seeking comment.
Strampel has 30 days to respond to Schuette’s administrative complaint.
Documents suggest MSU officials knew of concerns about Strampel’s behavior as early as 2005, but he faced no discipline until interim MSU President John Engler began the process to fire him earlier this year. Strampel stepped down as dean in December, citing medical reasons, but remains on the MSU payroll because he is protected by tenure. Revoking his tenure could take a year or possibly more.
As dean, Strampel oversaw Nassar, the former MSU physician now serving an effective life sentence for possessing child pornography and assaulting university patients and others, often under the guise of medical treatment.
After a 2014 complaint about Nassar, Strampel was supposed to impose new restrictions on the physician. He outlined the restrictions, but never took steps to enforce them, an episode at the heart of victims’ allegations that MSU ignored opportunities to stop Nassar.
Schuette also cited that in his administrative complaint against Strampel’s medical license. He also accuses Strampel of making inappropriate sexual comments to female students and having dozens of photos of nude or partially nude women — many of whom appear to be MSU students — on his work computer, along with photos of sex toys and pornography.
The criminal charges against Strampel were filed after Schuette’s office launched a broad investigation into MSU’s handling of sex assault cases. That investigation, being led by former Kent County prosecutor William Forsyth, is ongoing.
A preliminary hearing in Strampel’s criminal case is scheduled for next month.
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