Schuette Charges Former USA Gymnastics Doctor Larry Nassar with Three Counts of 1st Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct

LANSING – Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette and Michigan State University (MSU) Police Chief James Dunlap today announced the filing of criminal charges against Dr. Larry Nassar, a former associate professor of osteopathic medicine at MSU and former USA Gymnastics Women’s Team physician for over twenty years, including four Olympic Games, for the sexual abuse of a minor.

Nassar, 53, of Holt, is charged with three felony counts of Criminal Sexual Conduct First Degree – Victim under 13 years of age. Today’s charges stem from a complaint filed with the MSU Police by an individual who was a minor at the time of her alleged assault.  The alleged victim was not a patient or gymnast in Nassar’s care.

Nassar was arraigned before Magistrate Mark Blumer on Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at the 55th District Court in Mason. Each count carries a sentence of up to life in prison. 

Nassar’s bond was set at $1,000,000 with cash, surety, or 10%. He will be required to wear a GPS tether, surrender his passport, and have no unsupervised contact with minors under the age of 18 if he makes bond. Nassar’s next court date is a Probable Cause Conference scheduled for December 8 at 8:30 a.m.

The investigation into the additional sexual assaults allegations made against Nassar is ongoing.

Case Background

The first publicized abuse allegations against Nassar were made in September 2016 by two former gymnasts in an Indianapolis newspaper. MSU Police Department received its first complaint against Nassar in August 2016. Following the published news story the MSU Police received multiple other complaints alleging abuse by Nassar.  In October 2016, the MSU Police then asked the Michigan Department of Attorney General to assist in the investigation of possible criminal allegations against Nassar.

The MSU Police Department began investigating those complaints, including the complaint of an alleged victim who came forward to the MSU Police in September 2016, regarding today’s case. That investigation revealed evidence that allegedly showed Nassar had sexually abused the victim, identified as Victim A, at his home over a period of several years.

While allegations against Nassar stretch across multiple jurisdictions in Michigan and possibly across state lines, today’s crimes allegedly took place in Ingham County, which brought the Attorney General’s office together on the case. The case will be prosecuted by Assistant Attorney General Angela Povilaitis.

At the announcement in Lansing today, officials offered the following comments:

Attorney General Bill Schuette

  • “Dr. Nassar stole this victim’s childhood which can never be undone. As a father that thought is heartbreaking. Today’s charges are the first step toward providing long overdue justice for this victim and will help take someone who appears to be a predator off the streets.”
  • “I want to thank the Michigan State University Police Department, specifically Chief Jim Dunlap, Dt/Sgt. Andrea Munford and Captain Valerie O’Brien for their hard work on this case. The coordination between our offices has been critical in taking this step forward.”

Michigan State University Police Chief James Dunlap

  • “Today’s charges are extremely serious and I want to thank our team for their hard work and long hours on this case. I would also like to thank Attorney General Schuette and his team for their quick action on this case. I am encouraged by his commitment to providing justice for survivors of sexual assault and will continue working with him and his staff on this ongoing investigation.”

Schuette strongly encourages others who may have been a victim or have relevant information regarding Nassar to contact the investigative team at 844-99-MSUPD.

A charge is merely an accusation, and the defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The case is being prosecuted by the Attorney General Cold Case Sexual Assault Project.  The project is funded by a United States Department of Justice grant awarded by the Office of Violence Against Women, to combat intimate relationship violence.  The grant is administered by the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board.

Larry Nassar