Larry Nassar has become the symbol of everything that’s wrong with medical professionals, universities, and sex offender laws. His case has received wider media attention than the Jerry Sandusky/Penn State sex scandal, and has given birth to a nationwide fan club devoted to the Judge, Rosemarie Aquilina, who presided over his trial. But these new allegations are stunning, and have thrown the case wide open again.
Did Nassar rape and impregnate a student in 1992?
According to a lawsuit filed in federal court in Grand Rapids by a woman named Erika Davis, Nassar is alleged to have raped and impregnated a student over 20 years ago, back in 1992. The lawsuit also alleges that MSU’s then-athletic director, George Perles, covered it up.
What is said to have happened?
Davis claims that she told her then-coach, Martha Ludwig, that Nassar had videotaped the assault, which led Ludwig to confront Nassar about the allegations against him. Ludwig filed a complaint against him, and demanded a copy of the videotape. However, according to Davis, Perles intervened and forced Davis to drop the complaint. Ludwig was then forced to return the copy of the tape she had and resign, but not without signing a non-disclosure agreement.
What about the pregnancy?
Davis claims that she later miscarried the baby, which she says could only have been Nassar’s child. She also says that she went with two friends in 1992 to report the assault to the MSU police, but they told her there was nothing they could do about it.
What did the police allegedly tell Davis?
According to the lawsuit, “The police told them that since she was an athlete, she had to report it to the athletic department. The detective explicitly told them that he was powerless to investigate anything that takes place [in] the athletic department and to go to the athletic department. Plaintiff Erika explained that the athletic department already dismissed it and the sergeant responded that George Perles is a ‘powerful man,’ and she should just drop it.” MSU Police, however, claim the department would never have said that to any sexual assault survivor.
Being accused of any kind of sexual abuse is very serious!
In Nassar’s case, these allegations aren’t going to make much difference to his situation – he is already behind bars for life. But to Perles, who currently serves on MSU’s board of trustees, the allegations could be life altering. However he is only one of many who are named as defendants in the lawsuit. Also named is Nassar, Michigan State University, MSU’s board of trustees, and USA Gymnastics.
If you or a loved one have been accused.
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