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Official faces charges over gymnastics doctor case

By David Eggert

A Michigan State University official who oversaw disgraced gymnastics coach Larry Nassar has been arrested in 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.

William Strampel was in jail pending arraignment, Ingham County Sheriff Scott Wriggelsworth said.

Nassar was given his third long prison sentence in February, 40 to 125 years, for molesting young gymnasts at Twistars, an elite Michigan gymnastics club.

Mr Strampel was dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at MSU, which includes the sports medicine clinic, until a leave of absence for medical reasons in December. He told police last year he never followed up after ordering Nassar in 2014 to have a third person present when giving treatment to "anything close to a sensitive area". He also said any skin-to-skin contact should be minimal and needed to be explained in detail.

Nassar was fired in 2016 for violating the rule. His dismissal came after ex-gymnast Rachael Denhollander filed a criminal complaint saying Nassar had sexually assaulted her years earlier.

Mr Strampel told investigators in 2017 he did not check if Nassar was following the guidance as Nassar had been "exonerated" in an investigation of a patient's complaint and the guidelines were "health care 101".

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