Federal court documents lay out a slew of instances spanning almost two decades in which girls and women say they reported sexual assault by former sports doctor Larry Nassar to Michigan State University, USA Gymnastics and others, but he was still allowed to keep practicing. Nassar assaulted scores of girls and young women during the last quarter century when he was supposed to be treating them for injuries in a sports clinic on Michigan State's campus.
Michigan State president Lou Anna K. Simon has resigned after facing intense pressure to step down in the wake of the Larry Nassar scandal. Vaupel said it was probably the hardest vote he has ever had to make while serving in the Legislature, stressing he is not diminishing the atrocities that took place but felt the legal process needed to run its course. The judge is listening to a few more victims before she sends him to prison.
Ferguson insists the scandal won't tarnish Simon's legacy as university president, saying he's confident an attorney-general investigation into MSU will find its "senior people are not complicit in what this pervert did". In a recent filing, Michigan State asked a judge to dismiss the cases against the university on several technical grounds, not the merits of the allegations. The Lansing State Journal cited public records to show he continued to see patients at Michigan State for 16 months after the university police began a criminal investigation. He says the testimony of more than 150 victims since last week has "shaken me to my core".
The trustees' chairman, Mr Brian Breslin, said on the university's website that the board "agreed it is now time for change". USA Gymnastics last week said the ranch would no longer serve as the national training center. The sentence capped a remarkable seven-day hearing in which scores of Larry Nassar's victims were able to confront him face to face in a MI courtroom. It ended with Aquilina sentencing Nassar to between 40 and 175 more years in prison.
Because of that culture of convenient quiet, Simon has been held accountable by her employer, and ultimately will be called to answer to her God.
The accounts of Nassar's victims are "tragic, heartbreaking, and personally gut-wrenching", she added. Hertel, an alumnus whose district includes the campus, said she should have taken more decisive action when she learned a physician was the subject of a Title IX investigation in 2014. He said Wednesday night that he didn't mind Byrum's criticism because, "to tell the truth, I didn't agree with them, either".
Such men use their prominence to prey on innocent children - Sandusky mainly abused young boys he met through his mentoring program; Nassar, young women pursuing their Olympic and NCAA dreams.
Some are likening Michigan State to Penn State University, where three senior officials, including the school's president, were sentenced to jail previous year for failing to tell authorities about a sexual abuse allegation involving coach Jerry Sandusky.
A judge says a MI sports doctor who sexually assaulted young gymnasts and other girls will "be in darkness the rest of his life".
"While much attention is understandably focused on Mr. Nassar and his crimes, we must also examine the larger system that allowed these acts to happen and so greatly failed these young women", Maloney wrote in a letter to committee leadership. She declares she's proud of the work done by law enforcement and "I am proud of my support of their work even though the results have been very painful to all who watched".
Hutchins told Nassar, "You didn't heal me".