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Former MSU dean to face trial on sexual misconduct charges

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The sexual misconduct case against former dean of osteopathic medicine at Michigan State University William Strampel, moves to trial. (Photo: Ingham County Jail)

LANSING, Mich. - The sexual misconduct case against former dean of osteopathic medicine at Michigan State University William Strampel, moves to trial.

Three of his current and former students testify against him Tuesday at a preliminary hearing .

Strampel was fired in December on sexual misconduct charges.

He was former Dr. Larry Nassar's boss.

A current MSU medical student, testified that she met with Strampel after failing an exam.

We're not identifying her or the other women who testified because they are victims of alleged sexual assault or harassment.

She was appealing a decision that she not be allowed to continue in school.

The conversation turned to sexual relationships and that made her feel uncomfortable.

She says "I was very scared, I instantly was, 'what is going on?' I almost went into a survival mode as there was no one in the room with us. There was no one in the adjacent room because that was his office".

Another woman, a former MSU medical student who is currently a doctor, testified that Strampel groped her while they posed for a photograph.

She says "he held my left buttocks like a baseball, very firm".

A current medical student testified, Strampel told her another student gave him oral sex in exchange for looking the other way at that student's DUI.

Strampel told her"you'd be surprised what people would be willing to do who are put in stressful situations."

In closing arguments, Strampel's attorney John Damkak says, "this behavior was maybe inappropriate, creepy or weird...but it's not a felony because he's not a public official".

Bu assistant attorney general William Rollstin says "Dean Strample is a predator....he had too much power, too much ego and attempted to use those things in a corrupt fashion."

In the end, Judge Richard Ball didn't go along with the argument that Strampel was not a public figure.

The judge says he thinks there's been misconduct in office.

So the case now moves to circuit court.


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