Larry Nassar Information FROM Michigan State University
Larry Nassar, a former employee of Michigan State University, was convicted Nov. 22, 2017,
of seven felony counts of criminal sexual conduct In Ingham County Circuit Court. Full Background >
New police initiative focuses on trauma-informed investigative support services, Aug. 2, 2018
MSU Interim President John Engler and Police Chief Jim Dunlap announced that Lt. Andrea Munford has recently
been assigned to develop a comprehensive program on law enforcement investigations into relationship violence
and sexual assault on a trauma-informed and victim-centered basis. Read more
Robert Young: Statement on insurance carriers, July 26, 2018
We are suing our carriers, including our largest carrier United Educators, for failing to honor their policies. Read more
Statement on Status of Healing Assistance Fund, July 26, 2018
It was brought to our attention earlier this week by the firm that manages the Healing Assistance Fund
that there are possible fraudulent claims being made. Read more
Survivors and parents join MSU Museum to preserve teal ribbons, July 25, 2018
Survivors of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse, their parents and MSU community members have joined curators
from MSU Museum to begin the process of preserving the more than 200 teal mesh bows wrapped around
trees across MSU’s campus. Read more
Newly signed agreement means Strampel is gone from MSU, July 6, 2018
William Strampel, former dean of the Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine,
retired from MSU effective June 30, 2018 under an agreement signed July 5. His retirement means the
university will not continue with the tenure revocation process, which Interim President John Engler
called for in February. Read more
Robert Young: Statement on Attorney General search warrant, June 29, 2018
We stand behind our previous position on this issue, that the Attorney General's Office is not entitled
to examine our lawyer’s communication and legal advice to the university. We have been cooperating
with the Attorney General’s investigation, and will continue to do so. Read more
Board Chair: Statement regarding Interim President John Engler, June 21, 2018
A majority of the Board of Trustees appreciates the statement issued today
by the MSU Interim President John Engler. Engler’s apology for the comments contained
in an April email that was released last week is appropriate and appreciated by a majority of the Board. Read more
Interim President Engler: Statement on apology to survivors, June 21, 2018
Last week while I was on my way to Texas, a private email conversation of mine from April was made public.
I didn’t give it the consideration it warranted. That was a big mistake. I was wrong. I apologize. Read more
Interim President Engler: Statement on settlement, May 16, 2018
A successful mediation has a been a priority for the university and for me since I arrived on campus in February.
The entire MSU community has worked hard at changes to make sure a monster like Larry Nassar
could never hide again on our campus. Read more
Board Chair: Statement on settlement, May 16, 2018
We recognize the need for change on our campus and in our community around sexual assault awareness and prevention.
A successful resolution to the litigation is a positive step in moving us all forward. Read more
MSU and Nassar survivors agree in principle to settlement, May 16, 2018
Attorneys representing 332 survivors of former Michigan State University doctor Larry Nassar
in lawsuits against MSU and attorneys for the university announced a global settlement in principle totaling $500 million.
Provost Youatt: Statement on reviews of former Dean Strampel, May 1, 2018
I find the descriptions of Strampel’s behavior that continue to come to light shocking and appalling.
For all we have accomplished around student success, we have not yet created the kind of environment
where our community feels safe and supported. Read more
Interim President Engler: Statement on conduct of former Dean Strampel, April 26, 2018
What I continue to learn about Bill Strampel disgusts me. Anytime concerns are raised about faculty and staff behavior,
we take those concerns seriously and investigate. Read more
Statement from Carol Viventi, April 18, 2018
I offer my sincerest and most heartfelt apology for the letter I sent to MSU leaders after the Board meeting. Read more
Interim President Engler: Statement on survivor discussion, April 13, 2018
I met with Kaylee and Lisa Lorincz’s on March 28. Also in the meeting were Carol Viventi and Emily Guerrant. Read more
Statement from former Supreme Court Chief Justice Bob Young, special counsel for MSU, March 28, 2018
As a result of new plaintiffs and new claims being filed in federal court, the court ordered MSU to respond to these filings
by today. Read more
Interim President Engler: Statement on mediation, March 28, 2018
I came to MSU with the intention of concluding the lawsuits as soon as possible in a fair and just manner.
The survivors should not have to endure years of litigation. Read more
Interim President Engler: Statement on arrest of former Dean Strampel, March 27, 2018
One of the first actions I took upon my appointment as interim president of Michigan State University
in early February was to pursue revocation of tenure and removal of former Dean William Strampel. Read more
Interim President Engler: Letter to MSU community, Feb. 13, 2018
On this second day of my second week as interim president, I think it is important to address several matters
many of you have raised with me. Read more
Statement on Nassar's Eaton County sentencing, Feb. 5, 2018
Larry Nassar’s final sentencing today on state criminal sexual conduct charges
brings the criminal proceedings to a close. Read more
Interim President Engler: Statement on accepting responsibility as interim president, Jan. 31, 2018
It is humbling to accept this interim president position in these difficult times for my beloved alma mater MSU. Read more
Board Chair: Letter to MSU community, Jan. 26, 2018
Today, the Board of Trustees met to take important actions to begin a new day at MSU. Read more
Statement on Nassar's Ingham County sentencing, Jan. 24, 2018
Larry Nassar’s sentencing today on state criminal sexual conduct charges
represents another important step toward justice. Read more
President Simon: Letter to MSU community, Jan. 19, 2018
With several events related to the terrible crimes committed by former MSU physician Larry Nassar in the news,
I want to describe what we are doing to address the issues arising from this matter and, more importantly, the steps
we are taking to support his victims, create the safest campus environment possible, and do our utmost to prevent
something such as this from ever happening again. Read more
President Simon: Statement on letter to Attorney General, Jan. 19, 2018
The testimony of Nassar’s victims this week made many of us, including me, listen to the survivors and the
community in a different way. Read more
Statement on victim impact statements in Ingham County, Jan. 16, 2018
Many at MSU, including President Simon and Board of Trustee Chairperson Brian Breslin, have been viewing the
brave women who have come forward to tell their stories at Larry Nassar’s sentencing hearing.
Words cannot express the sorrow we feel for Nassar’s victims. Read more
National organizations selected to oversee Healing Assistance Fund, Jan. 11, 2018
Michigan State University has selected the Commonwealth Mediation and Conciliation Inc. (CMCI)
and the Minnesota Coalition Against Sexual Assault (MNCASA) to help facilitate access to counseling and
mental health services for the victims of former MSU physician Larry Nassar under the MSU Healing Assistance Fund. Read more
President Simon: Letter to the MSU community, Dec. 15, 2017
Last week, former MSU physician Larry Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison;
he will spend the rest of his life behind bars. The sentence for possession of child pornography
is the first of what I hope will be many lengthy prison sentences. Read more
President Simon: Remarks to Board of Trustees, Dec. 15, 2017
I am truly sorry for the abuse you suffered, the pain it caused, and the pain it continues to cause today.
I am sorry a physician who called himself a Spartan so utterly betrayed your trust
and everything this university stands for. Read more
Message from MSU Board of Trustees on Dec. 15, 2017
We are deeply saddened by the stories of abuse that led to this moment and grateful for the courage
the victims showed in coming forward. Read more
Statement on Nassar's federal sentencing, Dec. 7, 2017
Nassar’s behavior was deeply disturbing and repugnant, as the state and federal criminal charges
that he has been convicted of show. Read more
Statement on Nassar’s convictions in Ingham and Eaton counties, Nov. 29, 2017
The convictions of Larry Nassar on Nov. 22 in Ingham County and Nov. 29 in Eaton County on state
criminal sexual conduct charges represent another important step toward justice for the victims. Read more
Response to plaintiffs’ Nov. 22 press conference, Nov. 22, 2018
As they have done before, today the plaintiffs’ attorneys have made accusations against the university
claiming it is engaged in a ‘cover up of misconduct by university administrators.’
The university unequivocally denies this accusation. Read more
Statements on Nassar’s federal plea deal, July 11, 2017
As the plea agreement reached July 11 on the federal charges facing former MSU doctor Larry Nassar shows,
his behavior was deeply disturbing and repugnant. Read more
President Simon: Letter to the MSU community on sexual assault, April 26, 2017
Dear MSU community member: As we approach the end of the school year, you likely are continuing
to see media stories or comments related to the issue of sexual assault at MSU, either surrounding
former MSU doctor Larry Nassar or allegations made against members of the MSU football program. Read more
President Simon: Remarks to Board of Trustees on Larry Nassar investigation, April 13, 2017
As victims continue to come forward to police regarding former MSU doctor Larry Nassar, I want to provide
an update on our response to this critical situation. Read more
Message from MSU Board of Trustees on April 13, 2017
The Michigan State University Board of Trustees is being regularly briefed on the allegations
of sexual assault concerning former MSU doctor Larry Nassar. Read more
President Simon: Message to MSU community on Larry Nassar investigation, Feb. 22, 2017
Our hearts continue to go out to those most directly affected as additional state charges are announced
against former MSU employee Larry Nassar. Read more
MSU Police Chief James Dunlap: Remarks from press conference, Feb. 22, 2017
I want to sincerely thank the Attorney General, Assistant Attorneys General Angela Povilaitis and
Robyn Liddell and MSU Police D/Sgt. Andrea Munford for their dedication and countless hours in
investigating and preparing the Larry Nassar cases for prosecution. Read more
President Simon: Remarks to Board of Trustees on sexual assault, Feb. 17, 2017
MSU is currently dealing with several unrelated issues of sexual assault or harassment that people
might associate together, because they’ve come to light at about the same time. Read more
Message from MSU Board of Trustees on Feb. 17, 2017
The Michigan State University Board of Trustees is deeply concerned about the allegations
of sexual assault against former MSU doctor Larry Nassar connected to his work at MSU. Read more
President Simon: Letter to the MSU community on Larry Nassar investigation, Feb. 3, 2017
Dear MSU community member: You may have read media stories or comments related to former
MSU doctor Larry Nassar, the sexual assault allegations against him, and his work at MSU and other
organizations. You will undoubtedly see more. This situation is still unfolding as allegations continue
to emerge regarding Nasser’s criminal and repugnant behavior. Read more
Lawrence Gerard Nassar (born August 16, 1963) is an American convicted serial child molester who was the USA Gymnastics national team doctor and an osteopathic physician at Michigan State University.
Nassar's cumulative criminal acts of sexual assault were the basis of the USA Gymnastics sex abuse scandal, in which he was accused of molesting at least 250 young women and 1 young man including a number of well-known Olympic gymnasts, dating as far back as 1992. He has admitted to at least ten of the accusations.
In July 2017, Nassar was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. On January 24, 2018, Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in a Michigan state prison after pleading guilty to seven counts of sexual assault of minors. On February 5, 2018, he was sentenced to an additional 40 to 125 years in prison after pleading guilty to an additional three counts of sexual assault. His federal and state sentences are to run consecutively, and he is currently serving his federal time at the United States Penitentiary in Tucson, Arizona.
Sexual assault accusations and convictions
In 2015, USA Gymnastics cut ties with Nassar "after learning of athlete concerns."
In September 2016, The Indianapolis Star revealed that Rachael Denhollander and
another former gymnast had accused Nassar of sex abuse. Michigan State fired
him on September 20; he had been reassigned from clinical and teaching duties
a month earlier.
In February 2017, three former gymnasts—Jeanette Antolin, Jessica Howard and
Jamie Dantzscher—gave an interview with 60 Minutes in which they said that Nassar
had sexually abused them. The gymnasts also alleged that the "emotionally abusive
environment" at the national team training camps run by Béla and Márta Károlyi at the
Karolyi Ranch near Huntsville, Texas gave Nassar an opportunity to take advantage of
the gymnasts and made them afraid to speak up about the abuse. Rachael Denhollander,
one of the first women to publicly accuse Nassar, said in court in May 2017 that Nassar
sexually abused her on five doctor's visits in 2000, when she was 15 years old.
Olympic gold medalist McKayla Maroney, using the #MeToo hashtag on Twitter,
stated that Nassar repeatedly molested her, starting when she was 13 years old and until
she retired from the sport in 2016. Maroney subsequently filed a lawsuit against Nassar,
Michigan State University, the United States Olympic Committee and USA Gymnastics.
The lawsuit accused USA Gymnastics of covering up the sexual abuse by paying Maroney
$1.25 million to sign a non-disclosure agreement. Maroney's attorney, John Manly, referred
to Nassar as a "pedophile doctor".
During a 60 Minutes interview, Olympic gold medalist Aly Raisman also said that Nassar
had sexually abused her.
Raisman stated that Nassar molested her when she was 15 years old. Gabby Douglas
was criticized by fellow Olympic teammate Simone Biles and others for sending a tweet that
they interpreted as criticizing Raisman and of "victim-shaming", stating that "dressing in
a provocative/sexual way incites the wrong crowd." Douglas later apologized for the tweet,
and said she was also a victim of Nassar's abuse.
Former national team member Maggie Nichols accused Nassar of abusing her. She documented
the ways he "groomed" her by connecting with her on Facebook and complimenting her appearance
on numerous occasions. According to court filings and interviews, it was Nichols and her coach,
Sarah Jantzi, who reported Nassar to USA Gymnastics officials on June 17, 2015, after the coach
overheard Maggie and another gymnast talking about Nassar's behavior. Simone Biles came
forward shortly after with accounts that she too had been sexually abused by Nassar, and
Jordyn Wieber made a statement at Nassar's court sentencing in which she also accused Nassar
of sexually abusing her during her time at USA Gymnastics.
In November 2016, Nassar was indicted on state charges of sexual assault of a child from 1998 to 2005;
the crimes allegedly began when the victim was six years old. Ultimately, he was charged with 22
counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with minors: fifteen in Ingham County and seven in
neighboring Eaton County.
The allegations asserted that Nassar had molested seven girls under the guise that he was providing
legitimate medical treatment at his home and at a clinic on the MSU campus.
Nassar was arrested by the FBI in December 2016 after agents found more than 37,000 images of
child pornography and a video of Nassar molesting underage girls. On April 6, 2017,
his medical license was revoked for three years.
On July 11, 2017, Nassar pleaded guilty to receiving child pornography in 2004, possession of
pornographic images of children dating from 2004 to 2016, and tampering with evidence by
destroying and concealing the images. On December 7, 2017, U.S. District Judge Janet T. Neff
sentenced Nassar to 60 years in federal prison. If he survives that sentence, he will be on
supervised release for the rest of his life.
On November 22, 2017, Nassar pleaded guilty in Ingham County Circuit Court to seven counts
of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with minors under the age of sixteen. He admitted
molesting seven girls, three of whom were under the age of thirteen. On November 29,
he pleaded guilty to an additional three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct in
Eaton County. As of January 18, 2018, 135 women had accused Nassar of sexual assault
while he worked for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University. During the following
week, the number rose to 150. In a lawsuit that was filed in April 2017, a woman claimed
that Nassar had sexually assaulted her while he was still in medical school in 1992.
On January 24, Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Nassar to
40 to 175 years in prison for the sexual assault of minors. Aquillina allowed Nassar's
accusers to present extended victim impact statements and dismissed objections raised to
this move by Nassar. In sentencing, the judge informed Nassar that he had missed numerous
chances to receive treatment for his sexual urges; Nassar had been aware of these urges from
a young age. She added that there were likely dozens of additional victims who had not come
forward. She made it clear that she did not intend for Nassar to ever be free again.
Nassar was practicing without a Texas medical license while he worked at the Karolyi Ranch
in Huntsville. According to gymnast McKayla Maroney, this is the place where Nassar molested
young women for over 15 years. The practice of medicine without a license in Texas
is a third-degree felony, although it is rarely prosecuted.
On January 31, a Michigan judge stated that thus far 265 girls had accused him of sexual
On February 5, Eaton County Circuit Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced Nassar to 40 to 125
years in prison for the three counts of criminal sexual assault to which he had pleaded
in November. Nassar apologized for his years of abuse, saying that the impact his victims'
statements had on him "pales in comparison" to the suffering he inflicted on them. Cunningham
was unmoved, saying that she believed Nassar was still in "denial" about the "devastating impact"
of his crimes.
The Eaton County sentence will run concurrently with the Ingham County sentence. In turn,
Nassar's state sentences will begin upon completion of his federal child pornography sentence;
Neff had ordered that any sentences imposed at state level run consecutively with the federal sentence.
As a result, Nassar will serve a minimum of 100 years in prison; each individual sentence would
have been enough by itself to all but assure that he will die in prison.
Nassar, Federal Bureau of Prisons Register #21504-040, was transferred to United States Penitentiary
in Tucson, Arizona in February 2018. Earlier, he had been transferred from a Michigan county jail
to the federal detention center at FCI Milan near Milan, Michigan. His earliest possible release from
federal custody will be March 23, 2069, by which time he would be 105 years old.
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