EAST LANSING, MICH. - Since Jan. 16, the first day of Larry Nassar's sentencing in Ingham County, MSU police have received more than 60 new reports of sexual assault against the disgraced former gymnastics doctor.
That brings the total number of complaints filed with university police since the scandal erupted in 2016 to more than 190.
Those numbers, provided Tuesday by MSU Associate Vice President for Communications Kent Cassella, are current through Monday.
All of the new reports taken by MSU police "will be investigated and forwarded to the Michigan Attorney General Bill Schuette's Office for review," Cassella said in a statement.
"At this time, there are no plans for more charges for Nassar," AG spokeswoman Andrea Bitely said. "We are encouraging people to come forward because a police report helps provide access to victims' services. Many survivors have also expressed that coming forward, whether in court or in the privacy of the MSU Police Department, has helped them begin healing."
Schuette's office, which prosecuted Nassar, previously said 256 women and girls have come forward to law enforcement and said Nassar sexually abused them. It's not clear whether that number included any of the new complaints received by MSU police.
Many of the new complaints came via voicemail or email, said MSU Police Chief Jim Dunlap. Others were routed through Schuette's office, he said.
"Some survivors have indicated they aren't interested in prosecution but they wanted the complaint to be recorded," he said.
More than half of the reports, listed in the university's online crime log, indicate incidents that occurred at an address associated with MSU's sports medicine department. Others were reported to have occurred at Jenison Field House, which holds facilities for women's gymnastics and other sports. They date as far back as 1996.
As part of a plea deal formalized in November, Nassar pleaded guilty to 10 sex assault charges: three in Eaton County and seven in Ingham County.
In exchange, Schuette's office dropped 12 other charges and agreed to not add charges for other sexual assault incidents known at that time.
Dunlap said his department continues to have "a fairly substantial number of people" assigned to assist the special victims unit with Nassar investigations. The officers will return to their regular assignments once the backlog is cleared.
"It's important that people feel, if they come forward, that we do it the right way," he said. "That's still the priority."
Dunlap said MSU police are asking anyone who has not yet reported abuse to call the department's toll-free tip line at 844-99-MSUPD.
An Indianapolis Star investigation of USA Gymnastics, begun in 2016, uncovered widespread sexual abuse of athletes by coaches and others and failures to alert authorities. The IndyStar, part of the USA TODAY Network, revealed the first allegations of abuse by Nassar, a high-profile women's gymnastics team doctor, and triggered a criminal prosecution that led to his imprisonment.
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