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Jury convicts former MSU dean of misconduct

William Strampel
Jodi Westrick
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Michigan Radio

A jury has found a former Michigan State University dean guilty of a felony and two misdemeanors. William Strampel was dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine for more than a decade. The jury found that he used his position to try and get sexual favors from female students.

But Strampel was found not guilty of the most serious charge against him: second-degree criminal sexual conduct. 

“The jury saw through a lot of allegations that fell flat,” said his attorney, John Dakmak.

The jury also found Strampel guilty of two misdemeanors. He was convicted of willful neglect of duty for not properly overseeing Larry Nassar after a 2014 internal investigation. Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for decades.

Strampel is scheduled to be sentenced at the end of July.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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