A police department near Lansing, Michigan, missed a chance to pursue criminal charges in 2004 against Larry Nassar and will publicly apologize to the victim who accused the doctor of molesting her during treatment for an abnormal spine, reports the Associated Press. Meridian Township is making the apology Thursday to Brianne Randall-Gay and will announce changes in how it handles sexual misconduct investigations, township manager Frank Walsh said. Nassar, then a sports doctor at Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics, convinced police he had performed a legitimate procedure with his hands and provided a PowerPoint presentation to explain. The case was dropped, allowing him to continue to molest girls and young women, including Olympians, for years until his arrest in 2016. A total of 265 women and girls have said they were assaulted. “We missed it. We’re not going to hide it. We were deceived,” Walsh said.
In 2004, Randall-Gay was 17 when she and her mother visited Nassar to discuss treatment for scoliosis, a curvature of the spine. He sent her to physical therapy but saw her again, this time alone. Randall-Gay had a back problem. She told police that Nassar had removed her underwear, forcibly cupped her genitals with his hand and rubbed her breasts — all without gloves. “She thought it was ‘weird’ and it ‘freaked her out,’” the police report says. Nassar told police he applied pressure to the “perineum,” using a formal word for an area between the legs, and said it was done to manipulate a ligament.