MSU Special Coverage

This section is dedicated to comprehensive coverage of the case against Larry Nassar and the resignation of Michigan State University president Lou Anna K. Simon.

On January 24, 2018, Simon announced she would step down in the wake of a scandal involving Nassar, who worked at MSU as a medical doctor. Earlier in the day, Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison for molesting young girls and women under the guise of medical treatment. Many of the victims accused the university of mishandling past complaints about Nassar.

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Michigan's attorney general is urging Michigan State University to give him an internal report on a campus doctor who sexually assaulted young gymnasts.

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Michigan State University's Board of Trustees issued a statement Sunday that it firmly believes President Lou Anna K. Simon is the right person to the lead the institution. Earlier in the day, the Lansing State Journal published a stern editorial recommending that she should step down. 


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Federal prosecutors are seeking a 60-year prison sentence for a Michigan sports doctor who was caught with child pornography while under investigation for sexual assault.

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Three more guilty pleas have been entered by Larry Nassar. The former team physician who treated gymnasts at Twistars, Michigan State University and the U.S. Gymnastics team was in an Eaton County courtoom today.


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A Michigan sports doctor who specialized in treating female gymnasts has pleaded guilty to sexual assault, his second conviction in a week.

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Larry Nassar entered into a plea bargain today in which he pleaded guilty to seven felony counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct in cases involving girls under the age of 13 in Ingham County.


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In a statement following, Larry Nassar's plea deal, MSU praised the conviction of the former campus doctor. It also praised the campus police department which investigated the case.

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A former doctor accused of molesting girls while working for USA Gymnastics and Michigan State University pleaded guilty Wednesday to multiple charges of sexual assault and will face at least 25 years in prison. 


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Olympic gymnast Aly Raisman says she is among the young women sexually abused by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor. 

Updated at 1:30 p.m. ET

Aly Raisman, captain of the gold-medal U.S. gymnastics teams at the 2012 and 2016 Olympics, says she was abused by former team doctor Larry Nassar.

Raisman, 23, told CBS' 60 Minutes in an interview airing Sunday that Nassar first treated her when she was 15. She says she spoke to FBI investigators about Nassar after the 2016 Summer Games in Rio.

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Two-time Olympic medalist McKayla Maroney says she was molested for years by a former USA Gymnastics team doctor, abuse she said started in her early teens and continued for the rest of her competitive career. 

Author Vanessa Grigoriadis explores the causes and possible solutions to sexual assault at American colleges and universities in her new book “Blurred Lines: Rethinking Sex, Power and Consent On Campus.”


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UPDATED THURSDAY, JULY 13, 11:05 A.M. - Federal Judge Janet Neff has scheduled Nassar's sentencing for 11 a.m. on Monday, November 27 in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids.

In federal court on Tuesday, former Michigan sports doctor Larry Nassar pleaded guilty to having child pornography.

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A plea deal could be in the works for a former doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics charged in federal court with obtaining and possessing child pornography. 


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For years, USA Gymnastics felt it aggressively safeguarded hundreds of thousands of athletes from sexual abuse. Yet the protocols designed to show gymnasts, coaches, staff and parents how to report abuse were muddled, confusing and not well enforced. 

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