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Dr. Larry Nassar was the medical director for the U.S. Gymnastics team and an associate professor at Michigan State University, where he was the team physician for the women’s gymnastics and crew teams.

Michigan Radio's Kate Wells has been covering the sexual abuse case against former Michigan State University sports doctor Larry Nassar for more than a year.

Nassar was sentenced to 40 to 175 years in prison on January 24, 2018. MSU President Lou Anna Simon resigned the next day. You can scroll through all of our coverage here.

TIMELINE: A long history of abuse by Dr. Larry Nassar

TIMELINE: The Larry Nassar scandal at MSU

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Larry Nassar at Eaton County sentencing
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Deleted emails. Documents removed in boxes and a suitcase. Lying to investigators. An FBI investigation into Larry Nassar that stalled for seven months.

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The U.S. Olympic Committee has fired chief of sport performance Alan Ashley in the wake of an independent report that said neither he nor former CEO Scott Blackmun elevated concerns about the Larry Nassar sexual abuse allegations when they were first reported to them.

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Last week, Michigan State University announced that it will not reopen the fund it had previously set up to pay for counseling and other services sought by survivors of  Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. MSU officials froze the $10 million fund in July, citing concerns over fraud.

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Michigan State University has completed its payment to the funds designated for survivors of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse, officials announced Tuesday.

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Lou Anna K. Simon, the former president of Michigan State University, was arraigned Monday on felony and misdemeanor charges surrounding her involvement with the school’s handling of serial sexual predator, Larry Nassar.

Her attorneys say she’s pleaded not guilty, planning to fight the charges. Officials say Simon lied to or mislead law enforcement officers about her knowledge of details about a Title IX investigation by the school into Nassar.

Former MSU President Lou Anna Simon
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Former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon is scheduled to be in front of a judge Monday for an arraignment. Simon is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors for allegedly lying to law enforcement.

Law enforcement officials say Simon falsely said she didn’t know certain details about an investigation into Larry Nassar in 2014. Nassar is the former MSU sports doctor who sexually assaulted his patients for decades.

Lee Silver is Simon’s attorney. He says his client is innocent.

Former MSU President Lou Anna Simon
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Former MSU President Lou Anna Simon has been charged with lying to police.

The Lansing State Journal reports Simon was charged today in Eaton County District Court with two felony counts and two misdemeanor counts. She is the third person charged by the Attorney General’s Office as part of its investigation of the university related to Larry Nassar.

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Michigan State University

Today on Stateside, we talk with a Southfield rabbi about the recent attack on a Pittsburgh synagogue that left 11 congregants dead. Plus, a conversation with a leading expert on sexual assault prevention who is working to help Michigan State University better respond to sexual violence on campus following the Larry Nassar abuse scandal.

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Today on Stateside, we hear the first episode of Believed. It's a podcast series produced by Michigan Radio and NPR that explores how former sports doctor Larry Nassar sexually abused patients for more than 20 years. Plus, an interview with the series’ co-hosts, Michigan Radio reporters Kate Wells and Lindsey Smith.

Listen to the full show above or find individual segments below. 

Number of Nassar accusers approaches 500

Oct 19, 2018
Some victims look on during the plea hearing in which Dr. Larry Nassar pled guilty to 1st degree criminal sexual conduct.
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The total number of women and girls who say they are survivors in the Larry Nassar case is now around 500. Michigan State University reached a $500 million settlement with 332 survivors in May, and the Michigan Legislature extended the time survivors could come forward with a claim through September 10.

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A former Michigan State University psychologist has been forced to surrender his license for not reporting the suspected abuse of a minor by Larry Nassar.

The Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) and the state Attorney General's office issued a consent order against Gary Stollak Friday.

Stollak was a child psychologist at MSU in 2004, when then-12-year-old Kyle Stephens was allegedly brought to him after telling her parents Nassar had sexually abused her. 

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A former Michigan State University coach was back in court Thursday on criminal charges.

An Ingham County District Court judge determined there was enough evidence to send Kathie Klages to trial. She’s charged with a misdemeanor and a felony.

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Today on Stateside, we hear from Michigan voters who express which issues are most important to them in the upcoming election season. Plus, two University of Michigan professors discuss their efforts to bring sustainable energy to Puerto Rico. 

Michigan State University continues to deal with the fallout from employing one of the most prolific serial sexual predators of the modern era. On Thursday, a judge will decide if there is enough evidence to send ex-MSU gymnastics coach Kathie Klages to trial on charges of lying to law enforcement during its investigation into Larry Nassar.

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A former Michigan State University field hockey player has alleged former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar raped and impregnated her in 1992 when he was a graduate student, and that former athletic director and head football coach George Perles covered it up.

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The Michigan Republican Party released a pair of ads in recent days in support of gubernatorial candidate Bill Schuette, highlighting his role in the prosecution of serial sexual abuser Larry Nassar.

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In December 2017, the Michigan State University Board of Trustees authorized the establishment of a $10 million fund to pay for counseling for survivors of abuse by Larry Nassar. The fund is called the Healing Assistance Fund and was set up early in 2018. It is separate from a May 2018 $500 million settlement agreement between MSU and Nassar survivors.

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Former Michigan State University head football coach and athletic director George Perles denies he ever worked to cover up sexual assault allegations against Larry Nassar in 1992.

That’s according to Pat Perles, George’s son.

“As my mom says, the truth is its own defense. I don’t need to defend ourselves. The truth will come out. And that’s basically their attitude,” Pat Perles said.

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Today on Stateside, an explosive lawsuit against Michigan State University alleges that Larry Nassar raped an MSU athlete in 1992, and university officials covered it up. Plus, the best plays and musicals from Michigan’s local theater scene this month.

Larry Nassar
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A former Michigan State University field hockey player has alleged former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar raped and impregnated her in 1992, and that former athletic director and head football coach George Perles covered it up. Perles is currently a member of the Michigan State Board of Trustees.

People around the world were stunned in early 2018 when more than 150 women testified at the sentencing of Larry Nassar, the Olympic gymnastics doctor who sexually abused patients for more than 20 years. How did he escape justice for so long? How was his appearance as the good guy, the ally, the protector maintained? Why did people keep trusting him? This October, Michigan Radio and NPR will premiere a new podcast called Believed that will answer those questions with greater depth and access than any previous coverage.

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Michigan State University police have taken over an investigation of potential fraud related to a fund intended to cover counseling services for survivors of abuse by Larry Nassar.

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Michigan Attorney General's office

Larry Nassar’s requests to be resentenced are now in the hands of the Michigan Court of Appeals.

An Eaton County judge denied the former Michigan State University sports doctor’s request. Nassar sexually assaulted his young female patients for years. Lately, he’s been trying to get a new sentencing hearing.

Nassar was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison in both an Ingham County Court and an Eaton County Court. An Ingham County judge had previously denied his request for a new sentence.

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On today's Stateside, the Republican-controlled state Legislature passes two progressive ballot proposals, giving them the power to amend the laws with a simple majority. Plus, two Port Huron teachers reflect on teaching high school music when you're just starting out, and when you've been doing it for 27 years.  

Larry Nassar
Michigan Attorney General's office

Sexual assault survivors of convicted sports doctor Larry Nassar have until September 10, 2018 to file claims for compensation from Michigan State University's Nassar Victim Fund.

About 100 additional women have filed claims since MSU's settlement in May with the original group of 333 women.

In May, MSU set up a $500 million fund to compensate victims of Larry Nassar.

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A recent editorial in Inside Higher Ed called on academia to “confront the power dynamics that can make academia a haven for predatory behavior and abuse.”

It was jointly signed by eight deans at Michigan State University, a school rocked by the conviction of Larry Nassar. The former sports doctor and MSU employee abused hundreds of girls and women under the guise of treatment.

The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) has cleared Michigan State University of any violations stemming from how it has handled sexual assault allegations — including those against disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar, who was sentenced to at least 40 years in prison for sexually assaulting his patients.

The inquiry began in January.

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Michigan State University say the National Collegiate Athletic Association has ended its inquiry into the school’s handling of sexual misconduct complaints.

The school announced the end of the inquiry Thursday.

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