The Latest: Report: No evidence that Perles covered up abuse

2 years 6 months 2 days ago Friday, December 21 2018 Dec 21, 2018 December 21, 2018 12:50 PM December 21, 2018 in News - AP Texas Headlines

DETROIT (AP) - The Latest on a special prosecutor's report about how Michigan State University handled sexual abuse allegations against Larry Nassar (all times local):

2:45 p.m.

A special prosecutor says he "found no credible evidence" that George Perles (PUR'-lis) covered up a rape allegation against Larry Nassar when he was Michigan State University athletic director in 1992.

Perles denied the allegation through his family when it emerged in September in a lawsuit against the university. A woman claimed she was drugged and raped on videotape in 1992 when she was a 17-year-old field hockey player and Nassar was a medical student.

The lawsuit alleged that Perles was aware of the incident and ensured that police wouldn't pursue it.

But Bill Forsyth's report says his staff "found substantial evidence contradicting" those claims. The woman's coach, Martha Ludwig, told investigators that she had never referred athletes to Nassar.

Ludwig told Forsyth's staff that Perles always was professional when she worked with him. He is Michigan State's former football coach and a former member of the school's governing board.

11:05 a.m.

An independent special counsel has accused Michigan State University of stonewalling his investigation into the school's handling of the sexual abuse scandal involving disgraced former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Special counsel Bill Forsyth released a report Friday accusing the school of fighting the release of certain relevant documents and releasing others that were "irrelevant." It says these actions hampered the investigation.

Forsyth said at a news conference that "their biggest concern was the reputation of the university."

Hundreds of women and girls, most of them gymnasts, accused Nassar of molesting them under the guise that it was treatment during his time working for Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trained Olympians. He received long prison terms after pleading guilty to child pornography possession and sexual abuse charges.

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