William Strampel, 70, who led Michigan State's medical school from 2002 until late previous year, was arrested Monday evening and taken to jail on four charges - one felony and three misdemeanors - stemming from the Michigan Attorney General's Office's ongoing investigation of the role others at the school may have played in crimes committed by Nassar, the former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics physician accused by more than 250 girls and women of sexual abuse.
One of the former Michigan State medical students described in the complaint - Nicole Eastman, a 2010 graduate of the school - said in a phone interview Tuesday that Strampel's abusive behavior "was accepted and normalized".
An attorney for Strampel, who has been on medical leave from the university since December, could not be reached by Reuters for comment on Monday evening. Strampel is also facing a felony "common law offences" charge, which alone could carry a maximum five-year incarceration period.
William Strampel, left, appears during his video arraignment, with Judge Richard D. Ball, right, Tuesday, March 27, 2018, in East Lansing, Mich. Strampel, a Michigan State University official who oversaw Larry Nassar, was arrested Monday amid an investigation into the handling of complaints against the former sport doctor, who is in prison for sexually assaulting patients under the guise of treatment.
Nassar was sacked in 2016 for violating the rule.
"The Wall Street Journal reported that, in 2016 during a conversation with students and colleagues, Strampel said, "...patients lie to get doctors in trouble.
In February, interim Michigan State University President John Engler took steps toward firing Strampel by starting the process to revoke his tenure.
A forensic examination of Strampel's work computer found about 50 photographs of "bare vaginas, nude and semi-nude women, sex toys, and pornography", according to the affidavit. At least one student claimed Strampel solicited nude photos from her.
"William Strampel did not act with the level of professionalism we expect from individuals who hold senior leadership positions, particularly in a position that involves student and patient safety", Mr. Engler, a former governor of MI, said in February.
Another witness said Strampel suggested she become a centerfold model and related to her how another student had become a stripper to pay for school, court documents said. Four years later, at the college dance, he allegedly approached her from behind and grabbed her buttock.
The staff member told police Strampel told her in 2006 that "it was good when women were drunk because then it was easy to have sex with them".
The felony charge of misconduct by a public official is punishable, upon conviction, of up to 5 years in prison and a $10,00 fine. Strampel announced his leave of absence as dean - citing medical reasons - late a year ago.
Strampel, 70, is the first person besides Nassar to be charged in connection with the worst sexual abuse case in sports history.
The arrest comes as the attorney general called a press conference for noon Tuesday. Strampel was dean until December of the College of Osteopathic Medicine, where he oversaw the clinic where Nassar worked, yet he failed to enforce restrictions he imposed on Nassar after a female patient accused him in 2014 of sexual contact, authorities alleged.
"William Strampel did not act with the level of professionalism we expect from individuals who hold senior leadership positions, particularly in a position that involves student and patient safety", Engler said last month.