Former Michigan State University dean William Strampel has been convicted of misconduct in office and willful neglect of duty.
The Lansing State Journal reports that Strampel is the first former or current MSU official to be convicted following the investigation into MSU's handling of convicted sex offender Larry Nassar, who worked in the university’s sports medicine clinic.
Strampel, 71, was accused of using his power as dean of MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine to proposition and control female medical students.
Jurors also determined there was evidence that Strampel displayed "complete indifference" as to whether Nassar was following protocols meant to decrease risk for the university following a complaint of sexual assault in 2014.
"It’s time to change the culture in our schools and medical communities so that our female students and doctors receive the same treatment and respect as their male counterparts," Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel said after the jury's verdict. "Public officers who brandish their power to demean, insult, harass, objectify, and abuse female students will be held accountable."
Strampel was acquitted of a second-degree criminal sexual conduct charge. That was related to accusations that he groped Dr. Jessica Neuroth during a scholarship event in 2014 when she was a medical student.
The former dean was the first current or former MSU employee that the attorney general charged as part of an inquiry into how the university handled allegations against Nassar, who abused more than 500 victims.
Strampel served as dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine from 2002 to mid-December 2017, when he stepped down from his role as dean and took a leave of absence. He retained a professorship and was receiving an annual salary of $217,903 plus benefits.
Subsequently, Strampel and the university negotiated a retirement agreement, effective June 30, 2018.