Meridian Township officials apologize to Nassar victim over 2004 report
Meridian Township officials held a press conference Thursday to address a sexual assault report made of ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar to Meridian police in 2004.
Brianne Randall-Gay's complaint began one of the first investigations into Nassar. The case was soon dismissed by Meridian police detective Andrew McCready after Nassar explained the procedure was medically necessary.
Randall-Gay, 17 at the time of her complaint of assault by Nassar, delivered a victim impact statement in Nassar’s Ingham County sentencing. Randall-Gay’s parents reported Nassar to Meridian police after an appointment for back pain, where Nassar touched Randall-Gay’s genitals and breasts.
Township Manager Frank Walsh began the press conference with an apology to Randall-Gay and her family for mishandling her complaints, visibly holding back tears.
“We failed you, we let you down,” Walsh said in a Facebook live stream. “I know we’ve had a lot of private conversations, private apologies, but we felt this needed to be done in public because what happened was in public.”
Meridian police were "prohibited" from releasing Randall-Gay’s report by the Michigan Attorney General’s office and Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office following the November 2016 IndyStar reports, Walsh said. Meridian police were told releasing the report could have jeopardized Nassar’s prosecution.
“We’ve been criticized for being silent for the last 17 months, and trust me there were times when we wanted to go forward and reach out to Brianne,” Walsh said. “We followed their direction. We were told to do that until after the sentencing.”
Meridian police released Randall’s report prior to the conclusion of sentencing, despite direction from the Attorney General and Ingham County Prosecutor’s offices.
“We decided not to wait, we decided to act,” Walsh said. “And I’m glad we did.”
McCready should have reported his investigation into Randall’s case to retired supervising Sgt. Al Spencer, according to department procedures, Police Chief David Hall said. Meridian police do not have files as to whether or not the procedure took place back in 2004.
There is no documentation of contact with the Ingham county prosecutor’s office over Randall’s report either, Hall said.
McCready followed common 2004 investigative procedures, Hall said.
There are no settlements or lawsuits pending against Meridian Township police driving the department’s apology, Walsh said.
“I believe in being authentic and genuine and transparent,” Walsh said. “We’ve not discussed any lawsuits. … That’s not even what’s most important to me, to this board … when apology is in order, that’s what comes first.”