On Jan. 31, officials in Meridian Township held a press conference to publicly apologize to Brianne Randall-Gay, who had reported Dr. Larry Nassar to police in 2004.
In the last few months Michigan State University and the surrounding areas have been the focus of national discussion since the sexual crimes of Nassar have been going through the court system.
Nassar, the former U.S. Olympic gymnastics and MSU team doctor who admitted to sexually abusing underage girls, was recently sentenced to 40-125 years in prison on three counts of sexual assault.
The latest story to gain media attention was a recent release of the 2004 police report on Nassar.
According to the 2004 police report, Randall-Gay went to Nassar for back pain. During her appointment he touched inappropriately and without consent. She later told her mother and they made a police report and had a rape kit processed at Sparrow Hospital.
According to Lansing State Journal, “Police eventually told Randall-Gay’s mother they wouldn’t forward the investigation to prosecutors because Nassar told them his technique was a legitimate medical procedure.”
At the Jan. 31 press conference, Meridian Township manager Frank Walsh expressed a tearful apology to Randall-Gay.
“I can’t apologize enough to Brianne and her family,” said Walsh.
He admitted there were mistakes made by everyone involved but that was no cover up.
Police Chief Dave Hall laid out three plans that the township will be using going forward:
1. More training from outside the department.
2. Go through police reports starting from the year 2000.
3. Have Randall-Gay help develop a community outreach program.