Dr. Larry Nassar’s sexual misconduct was known by at least 14 Michigan State officials in the two decades prior to his arrest, according to a report from Kim Kozlowski of The Detroit News. The report said at least eight women reported the former Michigan State and USA Gymnastics doctor to campus officials.
Nassar, who already has been sentenced to 60 years in prison on federal child pornography charges, has pleaded guilty to assaulting nine girls in Ingham County, Mich. Thursday marks the third day of his sentencing hearing on those crimes.
He faces more than 150 civil suits.
Michigan State president Lou Anna Simon said she had been notified in 2014 that a police report was filed against a university physician, but denied that she knew it was Nassar.
“I was informed that a sports medicine doctor was under investigation,” Simon told reporters Wednesday after watching Nassar’s sentencing hearing.
According to The News report, a number of Michigan State employees were aware of Nassar’s misconduct. They include athletic trainers, assistant coaches and a university police detective.
Six women with ties to the university, however, each told The News that they complained to at least one person at MSU when they believed Nassar’s conduct crossed from medical to sexual, and a seventh woman outlined her report to MSU during sentencing. The eighth woman complained to the Meridian Township Police.
One woman who said she was among Nassar’s victims, former gymnast Rachael Denhollander, wants Michigan State to be held accountable for his actions.
“A monster was stopped last year, after decades of being allowed to prey on women and little girls, and he wasn’t stopped by a single person who could have, and should have stopped him at least 20 years ago,” Denhollander told The News last week. “He was stopped by the victims, who had to fight through being silenced, being threatened, being mocked, by the officials at MSU who they appealed to for help.”