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Meridian Township approves Nassar survivor's private investigation request

Posted at 8:22 AM, Dec 12, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-12 09:09:37-05

The Meridian Township Board of Trustees approved a request made by a survivor of Larry Nassar.

She wants the township to pay for a private investigation into her complaint about the former doctor.

In 2004, Brianne Randall-Gay told police Larry Nassar molested her but the case was not investigated properly.

FOX 47's Cryss Walker tells us why the township says it deserves another look.

Earlier this year Meridian Township gave a public apology to Brianne Randall-Gay for failing to forward her sexual assault complaint against Nassar to the Ingham County Prosecutor.

Since then the township has been working to right their wrongs by taking a new approach to sexual assault cases through a prevention program.

Now the township has agreed to a private investigation on Randall-Gay's 2004 complaint.

The Nassar survivor requested for the township to hire Ken Oullette, a retired East Lansing Police officer, to head the investigation to find out where the township went wrong and shed light on what could have been done to stop Nassar.

“The private investigator is going to come in and really delve into what happened 14 years ago, no one’s proud of what happened and we still feel that pain today”, said Township Supervisor Frank Walsh.

The private investigation contract is proposed to not exceed $4,000 and the findings are expected to take 60 days to complete.

Township officials say they hope the investigation will bring closure and vindication.

“I'm proud of what we've done to build a relationship with Brianne but I think the investigative report will provide us some really good feedback for how to be better in the future”, Walsh continued.

FOX 47 reached out to Brianne Randall-Gay but she was not available for comment.

We will keep you updated on this story once the investigation begins.