A former dean at Michigan State University who oversaw disgraced sports doctor Larry Nassar was found guilty Wednesday of misconduct in office and willful neglect of duty.
But a jury acquitted William Strampel, 71, who served as dean of the university’s College of Osteopathic Medicine from 2002 through 2007, of a more serious charge — second-degree criminal sexual conduct — after at least five female students accused him of sexually harassing them, including during nude modeling sessions and unneeded breast and pelvic exams, prosecutors alleged.
The verdict came after five hours of deliberation and made Strampel the first former or current university official to be convicted after an investigation by the Michigan attorney general into MSU’s handling of convicted sex offender Nassar, the Lansing State Journal reports.
Strampel’s Detroit-based attorney, John Dakmak, said it’s too soon to tell if his client will appeal.
“We’re very happy that the jury concluded — as we have throughout the entire process — that he has not committed sexual assault against anyone,” Dakmak told The Post. “We’re disappointed that the jury convicted him of misconduct in office and neglect of duty, but we do have a sentencing hearing to get ready for in July.”
Strampel was arrested and charged in March 2018 during an investigation into the handling of complaints against Nassar, who is now serving a prison sentence of up to 175 years after pleading guilty to sexually assaulting nine women and a family friend under the guise of treatment and possessing child pornography.
Strampel, who had faced up to 15 years if convicted of criminal sexual conduct, now faces up to five years in prison. He’s due to be sentenced on July 31, a spokesman for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said.
“Today’s verdict sends a clear message: It’s time to change the culture in our schools and medical communities so that our female students and doctors receive the same treatment and respect as their male counterparts,” Nessel said in a statement obtained by The Post. “Public officers who brandish their power to demean, insult, harass, objectify, and abuse female students will be held accountable.”