Sexual-abuse fallout: MSU AD retires
- Author: Megan Austin Jan 29, 2018,
Jan 29, 2018, 9:07
Michigan State University (MSU) on Friday accepted the resignation of its president over the university's failure to stand up for victims of former gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar, who sexually abused young athletes for more than two decades.
A Lansing State Journal report published Friday accused the university of withholding information about an investigation it conducted into Nassar's behavior following a 2014 complaint because it could open the school to lawsuits.
Schuette named Special Prosecutor Bill Forsyth to handle the investigation.
"The breadth and ripple of this defendant's abuse and destruction is almost infinite", Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis said in her remarks before the sentencing. This investigation will be independent, thorough, transparent and prompt..
"My department ... will find out who knew what and when, who took action, who failed to take action, what did or did not happen, and what should have happened", Schuette said at a news conference in Lansing.
The school's president, Lou Anna Simon, resigned Wednesday amid pressure from state lawmakers, who say she mishandled the scandal.
A MI judge sentenced Nassar on Wednesday to 40 to 175 years in prison after he pleaded guilty to seven counts of criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County and admitted to using his trusted medical position to assault and molest girls under the guise of medical treatment.
Forsyth will work full time on the investigation.
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"How I handled an interview, put a target on their back", he said.
USA Gymnastics said in a statement Friday it will comply with the USOC's wishes.
In a statement, Blackmun said new board leadership is needed because current leaders have "been focused on establishing they did nothing wrong" instead of supporting the abuse victims.
Several hundred students marched through campus Friday night prior to the game to show support for sexual assault survivors and to promote a culture change at Michigan State concerning sexual assault.
He also acknowledged the MSU Board of Trustees' request for the Attorney General's office to review the events surrounding the Nassar case. Forsyth said Saturday, referring to Nassar.
Bill Beekman is expected to serve in an interim role until the board of trustees can hire an interim president and then a permanent leader. The university police department led the criminal investigation that resulted in state charges against Nassar.
Gov. Rick Snyder is considering a separate inquiry into the university, depending on whether it would interfere with other investigations.
Under the Michigan Constitution, the governor can remove or suspend public officers for "gross neglect of duty", corruption or "other misfeasance or malfeasance". He had pleaded guilty to 10 counts of first-degree sexual misconduct in two counties. Many of Nassar's victims said at his sentencing trial that the school was responsible for allowing the abuse to go unchecked for many years.