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Meridian Township Apologizes For Nassar Inaction

Feb 2, 2018

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Meridian Township police have offered an apology to an alleged victim of Larry Nassar.   The department says it mishandled a complaint brought against the former sports doctor in 2004. 

Last week, Doctor Larry Nassar was sentenced for sexually assaulting patients.  Brianne Randall-Gay told Meridian Township police in 2004 about an appointment she had with Nassar where he touched her genitals.  But they believed Nassar when he said it was medical treatment. 

Randall-Gay says working with the township has been healing for her.

“I was sitting at home with my newborn when I got the call.  I immediately broke down as they apologized.  This was a phone call I had been waiting almost 14 years for.”

The township says it plans to partner with Randall-Gay to develop a program to educate children about sexual assault and how to report it. 

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—Cheyna Roth is a reporter for the Michigan Public Radio network.  Contact WEMU News at 734.487.3363 or email us at studio@wemu.org