MSU website to provide updates on sexual assault probes

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

Michigan State University has launched a new website to provide updates on sexual assault investigations involving former university doctor Larry Nassar and three football players.

“This is a difficult time and it’s been troubling for many, particularly for Spartans, as they see media stories about investigations related to sexual assault at MSU,” university President Lou Anna K. Simon said in a video posted Wednesday. “The seriousness of the charges requires the most deliberate investigations possible. So I thank the Spartan community for your patience as we work with authorities to ensure justice is fully served.

“But most of all, I once again thank each and every individual who has come forward to share details of personally traumatic events. This is truly a courageous act. I recognize the pain sexual violence causes and truly regret anytime someone in our community experiences it.”

Nassar, a former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics sports doctor, was fired from MSU after he was accused in civil lawsuits of abusing dozens of female gymnasts and other athletes while treating them for sports-related injuries. Nearly 100 people have filed lawsuits against Nassar. At least 100 others have filed complaints at MSU.

He is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in four criminal cases and faces child pornography and obstruction of justice charges in federal court. He has denied any wrongdoing.

A separate sexual assault case involving three unnamed football players is being considered for charges by the Ingham County prosecutor. Those players have been suspended from the program.

Simon said the university has launched to provide updates on the investigations in response to requests for more frequent posts.

“You’ll also find information about Michigan State’s work to combat sexual assault, improve patient care and safety and protect youth on campus,” she said. “We’ll outline the steps we’re taking to build on our earlier work as we cultivate a safe and inclusive community. Sexual assault has no place at MSU. Anyone found to have violated the law or our policies will be held accountable. At MSU, we’re determined to be better tomorrow than we are today.”

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