Trial begins for former dean of Michigan State University

May 31, 2019

LANSING, MI (MPRN)--   Opening statements and first witnesses were called Thursday in the criminal trial of the former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University. 

Credit Cheyna Roth / Michigan Public Radio Network

Michigan Public Radio Network’s Cheyna Roth was in the courtroom for the case of People versus William Strampel.

Leah Jackson is an MSU medical student. She says she went to see then Dean Strampel when she’d failed required tests to continue on in medical school. She says their conversation quickly turned to Strampel making inappropriate and sexualized comments. Jackson says she was blindsided.

“I really was just, ‘is this really what’s happening?’ You know. I got – I was scared.”

Strampel’s attorney John Dakmak says the comments were taken out of context.

Strampel is accused of misusing his public office. He’s also charged with failing to properly oversee Larry Nassar after an internal investigation.

Nassar was convicted of sexually assaulting his patients for years.