AG to review abuse allegations against fired MSU doctor

Holly Fournier
The Detroit News

Attorney General Bill Schuette opened a review on allegations against Dr. Larry Nassar, a former USA Gymnastics team physician and Michigan State University faculty member who is accused of sexually abusing more than a dozen gymnasts.

“This complex case is believed to have crossed into multiple jurisdictions in Michigan, and possibly across state lines, putting the Department of Attorney General in the best position to effectively investigate and prosecute this case,” officials said in a news release Thursday from Schuette’s office.

Nassar faces accusations from at least 18 people, including 16 MSU students, according to reports.

The Indianapolis Star obtained Michigan State University police reports filed last month of abuse allegations dating to 1996. The newspaper cites interviews with four women claiming Nassar penetrated them with his finger during what were supposed to be medical treatments.

He hasn’t been charged and denies wrongdoing. His attorneys say in a statement he used a legitimate medical procedure.

He was fired from the university last month for not complying with “certain employment requirements.”

Nassar was accused in a California lawsuit of sexually groping and fondling an Olympic gymnast. Another woman filed a complaint in August with university police.

Nassar is a former associate professor at MSU’s College of Osteopathic Medicine and served as USA Gymnastics’ team physician during four Olympic Games.

Anyone who may be a victim or who has information regarding this case is asked to contact the Michigan State University Police Department’s tip line at (844) 99-MSUPD.

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The Associated Press contributed.