State accuses 2 Michigan State University trainers of lying about their knowledge of Nassar abuse

Posted at 3:34 PM, Feb 20, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-20 16:11:46-05

(WXYZ) — The state has accused two Michigan State University athletic trainers of lying about their knowledge of Larry Nassar's sexual abuse of students.

According to the state, trainers Destiny Teachnor-Hauk and Lianna Hadden have been served with administrative complaints by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Department of the Attorney General.

“The findings of our investigation are serious in nature and demonstrate unethical conduct for their profession,” LARA Director Orlene Hawks said. “We appreciate Attorney General Nessel’s collaboration with LARA during the course of these thorough investigations which resulted in the administrative complaints.”

The complaints assert that students told Teachnor-Hauk and Hadden "about the discomfort they felt during Nassar’s treatments." On June 11, 2018, both trainers were independently interviewed by the Department of the Attorney General and both "denied that any student had ever advised them of concerns with Nassar or his treatment."

Officials say the investigation found that both of the women's statements to investigators on June 11, 2018 "were untruthful and evidence of a lack of good moral character, which is a violation of the Public Health Code."

”We’ve made it clear before and we’re making it clear again today: lying to law enforcement officers engaged in an investigation is unacceptable,” said Attorney General Dana Nessel. “Teachnor-Hauk’s and Hadden’s unethical conduct and lack of good moral character deserves serious review by their licensing board.”

The licensees have 30 days to file a response to the administrative complaints.

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