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University officials reportedly ignored allegations against perv doc.

At least 14 Michigan State University officials were aware of sexual abuse allegations against disgraced former USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar in the 20 years before he was arrested, a damning report found. The university had multiple opportunities to prevent Nassar from abusing more young women — but failed to act on them, according to...
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Last US News: University officials reportedly ignored allegations against perv doc. NY Post 24 - US News

The university had multiple opportunities to prevent Nassar from abusing more young women — but failed to act on them, according to the Detroit News investigation.

Over the years, eight women came forward with stories of abuse that reached 14 officials, including MSU President Lou Anna Simon, who was told in 2014 that a Title IX complaint and police report had been filed against an unnamed doctor at the school.

Athletic trainers, coaches and a university police detective were among the others who had received complaints about Nassar.

“I was informed that a sports medicine doctor was under investigation,” said Simon. “I told people to play it straight up, and I did not receive a copy of the report. That’s the truth.”

A 16-year-old high school student in a youth gymnastics program at MSU reported Nassar to the university’s then-head gymnastics coach, Kathie Klages, in 1997 — nearly 20 years before his 2016 arrest.

Larissa Boyce (right) hugs another victim of Nassar’s sexual abuse in court.AP

Larissa Boyce said she went to Nassar after hurting her back, and the doctor put his fingers inside her during their treatment sessions in his university office.

“She just couldn’t believe that was happening,” Boyce, now 37, said of Klages, who retired last February. “She said I must be misunderstanding what was going on.”

Another teen in the youth program also told Klages she had been abused, hoping “to get help,” she said.

“But that wasn’t the case. Instead, I felt very shamed,” she told the Detroit News.

In 1999, Christie Archenbach was referred to Nassar by MSU athletic center staff — and she knew something was wrong when he “kept rubbing back and forth” and “put his fingers up inside me.”

She told her coach, Kelli Bert, about the incident, but her complaints were ignored, Archenbach said.

“I don’t recall any of that,” Bert said. “If he had done something sexual, I believe I would have reported that immediately.”

Tiffany Thomas LopezREUTERS

Another victim, former softball player Tiffany Thomas Lopez, said she told an MSU athletic trainer, Destiny Teachnor-Hauk, that she’d been sexually abused by Nassar, but was discouraged from reporting it.

“I was told if I felt extremely uncomfortable then of course we could pursue something but I was assured this was actual medical treatment,” she told the Detroit News.

“If I decided to pursue something, it was going to cast a burden over my family. She said it was going cause a lot of heartache, it was going to cause a lot of trauma and why would I want drag him through this?”

Nearly 100 women are sharing statements about the abuse they suffered during Nassar’s four-day sentencing hearing in Michigan this week. Prosecutors are seeking up to 125 years in prison for the 54-year-old child molester.

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