Ingham County Judge denies motion to dismiss case of ex-dean William Strampel
A motion to dismiss criminal charges against former MSU Dean of Osteopathic medicine William Strampel was denied Wednesday by a judge in Lansing.
Strampel is also the former boss of ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar, who is currently serving a 60-year federal sentence on child pornography-related charges.
Strampel’s charges include one count of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, two counts of willful neglect of duty and, central to Wednesday’s court proceedings, a felony misconduct in office.
Strampel’s attorney, John D. Dakmak requested dismissal of the case after raising questions about the logistics of Strampel’s deanship meeting qualifications of the public office needed to qualify for the felony.
Ingham County Circuit Court Judge Joyce Draganchuk denied the motion to dismiss the case after it was determined there was enough evidence and testimony at Strampel's preliminary hearing to show there was probable cause of crimes committed by Strampel.
Bill Rollstin, representing the Attorney General’s office, argued Strampel’s obligation was to aid in education and he violated this duty by manipulating his female students sexually.
Rollstin said all three of the witnesses came to Strampel, an educator, for help. Strampel then independently raised the topic of sex with all three.
At the preliminary hearing for Strampel back in June of this year, 19 images and two videos, many pornographic, were shown and three women gave accounts of sexual assault and harassment they suffered at the hands of Strampel.
These accounts range from being called "eye candy" to being grabbed on the butt.
Dakmak said none of the women suffered academically due to their interactions and Strampel didn’t expressly say they had to do something sexual in exchange for help.
The Attorney General’s office sought to submit additional witnesses, some of which include more direct sexual advances from Strampel.
Judge Draganchuk admitted three witnesses to testify at trial.