MSU Special Coverage

This section is dedicated to comprehensive coverage of the case against Larry Nassar. More than 140 women and girls have come forward accusing Nassar of sexual abuse, including Olympic athletes while under his care at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics. He will be sentenced in January 2018 in Ingham and Eaton Counties after pleading guilty to criminal sexual conduct.

In December 2017, the 54-year-old was sentenced in federal court in Grand Rapids to three 20-year sentences. Investigators found over 37,000 images of child porn on Nassar's electronic devices in 2016.

Nassar, who lost his physician's license in April, admitted his conduct had no legitimate medical purpose and that he did not have the girls' consent. 

Many of the accusers have sued Michigan State, USA Gymnastics and the U.S. Olympic Committee.  In December 2017, the Lansing State Journal and Michigan House Speaker Tom Leonard called for the ouster of MSU President Lou Anna K. Simon. They allege she had not done enough to protect women on the MSU campus.

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Monday was the first day of sentencing proceedings for former MSU doctor Larry Nassar in Ingham County. In November, Nassar pleaded guilty to seven counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct in Ingham County.

A University of Oklahoma gymnast and former Olympic hopeful says she is among more than 100 women and girls who say they are victims of sexual abuse by a now-imprisoned Michigan sports doctor.

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A state Representative says tax dollars shouldn’t be used for certain settlements by college and universities.

According to WLNS-TV, Democratic gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer has written a letter to Michigan State University's Board of Trustees urging the removal of President Lou Anna K. Simon. She is the latest to ask for changes at the top after the discovery of a campus doctor who sexually assaulted girls and women. 

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The Detroit Free Press criticizes the Board of Trustees at Michigan State University for offering her a raise during December 2017 meeting while the Larry Nassar investigation continues and victims come forward.

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The leader of the U.S. Olympic Committee says in a letter he was not aware of the Larry Nassar sex-abuse allegations before law enforcement got involved, and that he had no knowledge of a settlement between USA Gymnastics and 2012 Olympic champion McKayla Maroney in a case involving the now-imprisoned former team doctor.

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Rachael Denhollander was the first woman to publicly accuse for Michigan State gymnastics and USA gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar of sexual abuse. Today she spoke with Current Sports host Al Martin.  

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The MSU Board of Trustees unanimously supported their embattled university president today amid calls for her resignation or removal over the administration’s handling of the Larry Nassar sex crimes.

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A medical school dean who supervised a Michigan State University sports doctor convicted of sexually abusing patients is stepping down. We have more from Michigan Public Radio’s Rick Pluta.

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A Michigan sports doctor who admitted he molested gymnasts plans to appeal a 60-year federal prison sentence on child pornography charges.

State House Speaker Tom Leonard said Michigan State University President Lou Anna K. Simon must step down. He said MSU and Lou Anna Simon have let down the victims of former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who pleaded guilty to multiple counts of criminal sexual conduct.

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Michigan gubernatorial candidate Gretchen Whitmer is calling on Attorney General Bill Schuette to launch an independent investigation into Michigan State University’s handling of the Larry Nassar case. 


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A former elite sports doctor whose sexual assault cases have rocked Michigan State University and the group that trains U.S. Olympic gymnasts was sentenced Thursday to 60 years in federal prison for possessing thousands of images of child pornography. After his sentencing, some of the victims criticized both MSU and the Olympic gymnastics program. 


WKAR news reporter Scott Pohl has been following the Larry Nassar sentencing in federal court this morning in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The former MSU and USA gymnastics team doctor was sentenced to 60 years in prison on child pornography charges by Judge Janet T. Neff. Nassar will be sentenced in state court in January for molesting gymnasts.