Report: Detective who closed 2004 Nassar case lacked training

Michigan

MERIDIAN TOWNSHIP, Mich. (WOOD) — An newly released investigative report outlines Meridian Township police’s failure to stop Larry Nassar after receiving a complaint in 2004. 

Last year the township board approved a contract for a private investigator to look into Brianne Randall-Gay’s sexual assault complaint to township police more than a decade ago. 

At the time, then-Det. Andrew McCready believed Nassar did nothing wrong and never forwarded the case to the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office. A PowerPoint presentation Nassar provided to McCready during the Sept. 2004 investigation was a main reason the case was closed without pursuing criminal charges. 

The problem: Target 8 found that although the presentation described a legitimate medical procedure, it did not match Randall-Gay’s explanation of Nassar’s actions.

The investigative report released Tuesday found proper steps were not taken by McCready to question the presentation. It also found McCready didn’t have criminal sexual conduct or “basic detective” training prior to handling the report. 

The investigator, Ken Ouellette, detailed an interview with McCready in Feb. 2019 in which he admitted to believing Nassar’s lies. McCready also said the department didn’t have the resources to consult a doctor about the PowerPoint presentation. 

The report states McCready’s then-supervisor, retired Sgt. Alan Spencer, respectfully declined being interviewed for the investigation, so Ouellette was not able to ask about McCready’s performance.

However, Ouellette did obtain statistics related to the department’s handling of criminal sexual assault complaints. He concluded Randall-Gay’s complaint was the only one McCready did not forward for review of the 14 investigations he handled during his more than two years in the detective bureau. 

McCready told Ouellette he would handle the investigation differently if he had the opportunity now, but would not elaborate on specifics during the interview. 

Meridian Township officials apologized last year for not pursuing Randall-Gay’s case and announced they were working with her to come up with steps to prevent it from happening again.

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