Michigan names leaders of probe into university over Nassar assaults

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(Reuters) – Michigan’s attorney general on Saturday named the state police chief and a former county prosecutor to lead his office’s investigation of Michigan State University after campus sports doctor Larry Nassar was convicted of sexually assaulting athletes over 20 years.

“This will be done right. Period,” Attorney General Bill Schuette said in a televised statement, flanked by Michigan State Police Director Kriste Kibbey Etue and former Kent County Prosecutor William Forsyth, who will lead the probe.

“We will meet with every victim,” said Schuette, whose office prosecuted Nassar. “We will listen to them.”

FILE PHOTO: Larry Nassar, a former team USA Gymnastics doctor, who pleaded guilty in November 2017 to sexual assault charges, is led from the courtroom after listening to victim testimony during his sentencing hearing in Lansing, Michigan, U.S., January 23, 2018. REUTERS/Brendan McDermid/File Photo

The case of Nassar, 54, has rocked the campus at Michigan State University, where he was a faculty member and physician at an on-campus clinic. He also worked for USA Gymnastics as a doctor to Olympic athletes.

University President Lou Anna Simon stepped down under pressure on Wednesday, and Athletic Director Mark Hollis announced his retirement on Friday. Both said they were unaware of Nassar’s abuse until it was reported publicly.

Forsyth said the probe would seek to explain how athletes had been complaining about Nassar since the 1990s but that the university did not open an investigation until 2014.

“How was he able to engage in this behavior for over 20 years?” Forsyth said.

Reporting by Daniel Trotta in New York; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn

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