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Meridian Township to reopen 7 sex-assault cases after reviewing 17 years worth of reports

Posted: 10:18 AM, May 03, 2018
Updated: 2018-05-03 18:33:49Z

Meridian Township police have reopened 7 sexual assault cases and forwarded them to the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office after reviewing reports from the last 17 years. Police took another look at more than 600 cases as part of an effort to improve the way it handles sex-assault complaints.

This all stems from a report filed by Brianne Randall-Gay against Larry Nassar in 2004. Randall-Gay accused the former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics doctor of assaulting her during a medical exam. Meridian Township police investigated but determined Nassar had performed a legitimate medical procedure and did not forward the case to the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office. Michigan State eventually fired Nassar in 2016 after he was found to have violated conditions placed on him after separate sex-assault complaints in 2014. Nassar pleaded guilty in 2017 and is now serving what amounts to a life sentence on federal child pornography and state sex-assault charges.

The Township and the police department publicly apologized to Brianne Randall-Gay earlier this year. She signed a one-year contract to work with the Township on a community-wide sexual-assault prevention program. In addition to the case reviews, the program includes better training on criminal sexual conduct issues for all police officers as well as helping community members learn to respond to sexual assault allegations.

FOX 47 and fox47news.com will keep you updated on the status of the 7 cases reopened and sent to the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office.