State: MSU trainers lied in Nassar investigation

Michigan

LANSING, Mich. (WOOD) — Two Michigan State University trainers who denied knowing about Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse of his patients lied to investigators, according to the Michigan Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs.

LARA served Destiny Teachnor-Hauk and Lianna Hadden with administrative complaints for violating public health code.

Target 8 previously uncovered interview notes with investigators showing both women denied turning a blind eye to the sexual abuse. Those statements directly contradict statements made by Tiffany Thomas Lopez. She told Target 8 both trainers knew, but never acted on complaints years ago.

A Wednesday news release from LARA referenced the statements Hadden and Teachnor-Hauk made to investigators.

The release said the agency’s findings are based on students who “informed Teachnor-Hauk and Hadden about the discomfort they felt during Nassar’s treatments… Both licensees denied that any student had ever advised them of concerns… The investigation determined that both licensee’s statements to investigators … were untruthful and evidence of a lack of good moral character…”

The trainers now have 30 days to respond to LARA.

Both women still work for MSU. In a statement, the university said it was made aware of the complaint Wednesday.

“We are reviewing the findings and taking the complaint seriously,” the statement reads.

Lopez also reacted to the complaints.

“I am extremely grateful to the Governor and Attorney General for taking action on behalf of all survivors. It gives meaning to our pain and validates our truth” Lopez said in a statement to 24 Hour News 8, “People are listening, wrongdoers are being held accountable and change is being made. All of that is beautiful. Really, really beautiful.”

LARA is still investigating Dr. William Strampel, the former dean of osteopathic medicine at MSU, who faces criminal charges in connection to the Nassar case. LARA also opened a second investigation in September into Dr. Doug Dietzel, whom the agency previously cleared in July.

Former MSU psychologist Gary Stollak had to give up his license after a LARA investigation.

Last year, Nassar received lengthy sentences on federal child pornography charges and state-level sexual assault charges. He is appealing the state sentences.

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