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The National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) have cleared Michigan State University of any violations pertaining to how the university handled sexual assault allegations, including sexual assault allegations against 55-year-old disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State physician Larry Nassar.
In mid-May, Michigan State originally agreed to pay $500 million to settle lawsuits brought against then by more than 300 of Nassar’s accusers, with $425 million to be paid to the then 332 current claimants and the other $75 million to be set aside in a trust fund to protect anyone who comes forward in the future and alleges that Nassar sexually assaulted them as well.
However, Michigan State suspended these payments to Nassar’s accusers amid claims of fraud allegations back in late July.
Several Michigan State officials have stepped down and/or are facing charges in the wake of the Nassar scandal. Former Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon stepped down in late January and was replaced by former Michigan governor John Engler. Former Michigan State athletic director Mark Hollis resigned in late January as well.
Former Michigan State College of Osteopathic Medicine dean William Strampel has been arrested, and he was charged with fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, official misconduct, and willful neglect of duty.
Former Michigan State head gymnastics coach Kathie Klages has turned herself in to Lansing, Michigan police after being charged with lying to investigators regarding the Nassar scandal, as she reportedly denied knowing about Nassar’s sexual assault despite the fact that she was told by multiple people what he was doing and ignored them.
Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 330 individuals, many of whom female gymnasts, under the guise of medical treatment for more than two decades.
Nassar is set to spend the rest of his life in prison. He was sentenced to 60 years in federal prison back in December on three child pornography charges by U.S. District Judge Janet Neff.
Nassar was serving this prison sentence at United States Penitentiary, Tucson, a maximum-security federal prison in Tucson, Arizona that offers a sex offender program for sexual predators such as he, before his lawyers revealed that he was physically assaulted within hours of his release into the general population of the prison.
Weeks later, Nassar was transferred to the Federal Transfer Center, Oklahoma City in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, and he was recently transferred to United States Penitentiary, Coleman II.
United States Penitentiary, Coleman II is a high-security federal prison for male inmates that is a part of the Coleman Federal Correctional Complex (FCC Coleman) and is operated by the Federal Bureau of Prisons, a division of the United States Department of Justice. It is located in central Florida roughly 50 miles northwest of Orlando, 60 miles northeast of Tampa and 35 miles south of Ocala.
In January, Judge Rosemarie Aquilina sentenced Nassar to between 40 and 175 years in state prison on seven sexual assault charges following a seven-day sentencing hearing in Ingham County, Michigan during which 169 victim impact statements were delivered in front of Nassar in court.
Of those 169 victim impact statements, 156 were delivered by people who have accused Nassar of sexual assault and the other 13 were delivered on the behalves of those who have accused him of sexual assault.
In February, Judge Janice Cunningham sentenced Nassar between an additional 40 and 125 more years in state prison on three more sexual assault charges following a three-day sentencing hearing in Eaton County, Michigan during which 65 victim impact statements were delivered in front of Nassar in court.
The father of three of Nassar’s accusers attempted to attack Nassar in court during this sentencing hearing.
In June, Nassar was charged with six counts of second-degree sexual assault of a child in stemming from the Károlyi Ranch investigation in Texas, but he was not issued any additional prison time as a result of these charges.