Background on Larry Nassar criminal investigation

Larry Nassar, a former employee of Michigan State University, was charged Feb. 22, 2017, with 22 felony counts of criminal sexual conduct by the Michigan Attorney General. The investigation into those charges is being led by the Michigan State University Police Department.

Last fall, Nassar was charged by the Attorney General’s office with three state felonies for criminal sexual conduct with a minor, unrelated to his employment at MSU. He also is facing three federal felonies associated with possession of Child Sexual Abusive Material and destruction of evidence; those charges were brought by the U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Michigan. According to MSU Police, the investigation into the child pornography charges has not revealed any images of victims in the complaints of criminal sexual conduct that the department also is investigating.

The MSU Police Department is devoting significant resources to this investigation and will continue to work closely with the U.S. Attorney for the Western District, the Michigan Attorney General and other law enforcement partners as these cases move forward. While MSU Police is the lead investigative agency in these cases, the U.S. Attorney at the federal level and the Attorney General at the state level are responsible for their prosecutions and any specific questions regarding the cases will be handled by their offices.

Any member of the MSU community, past or present, or any member of the public who may have information relevant to this ongoing investigation is encouraged to call MSUPD’s toll-free tip line at: 844-99-MSUPD.

The investigation into Nassar began Aug. 29 after MSU Police took a report of alleged sexual assault. Detectives immediately began an investigation and notified the MSU administration. Nassar was immediately reassigned from all of his clinical duties. The university fired Nassar on Sept. 20

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