State Agency ‘Could Not Substantiate’ Claims, Closes Investigation Of Larry Nassar’s Former Boss

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Michigan’s Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) closed an investigation into Larry Nassar’s former boss, Dr. Douglas Dietzel, when it “could not substantiate” claims that Dietzel violated the public health code.

LARA has the power to issue fines and suspend or revoke doctors’ licenses. The state agency is investigating six other current and former Michigan State University employees who had ties to the Nassar scandal, reported the Lansing State Journal.

Nassar has been serving a 60-year sentence in federal prison for possession of child pornography since February. He was accused of molesting more than 260 victims and was sentenced to two 40-year state sentences for sexual abuse that he will serve should he outlive his federal sentence.

Dietzel, who heads MSU’s Sports Medicine clinic, oversaw Nassar as the now-imprisoned doctor worked with the university’s crew athletes and female gymnasts. He knew about sexual assault allegations against Nassar in 2016, reported Michigan Radio.

Another individual connected to Nassar who faces an investigation is former College of Osteopathic Medicine dean William Strampel, who has been accused of sexually assaulting five women. Some of the doctors under investigation were told about Nassar’s actions as early as 2004, reported the Lansing State Journal.

Nassar filed for resentencing on July 24, saying that Judge Rosemarie Aquilina failed to be an “unbiased and impartial judge,” his attorneys said. (RELATED: ‘Sister Survivors’ Of Larry Nassar Accept Arthur Ashe Courage Award At ESPYS)

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