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Strampel's victims read impact statements

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Posted at 6:25 PM, Aug 07, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 04:44:08-04

LANSING, Mich. — William Strampel's victims relived their horrific encounters with him before he was sentenced to one year in jail.

Those victims hoped to remind him that his actions changed their lives forever.

"They say that the only thing worse than a broken heart is a broken dream. And my dream depended entirely on an egoistic, perverted and sexually-charged man," read Assistant Attorney General Danielle Hagaman-Clark.

Those words were written by Priyanka Pandey, a former student at Michigan State University’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, who testified Strampel threatened her career.

Pandey's statement wasn’t the only one heard by Judge Joyce Draganchuk before Strampel's sentencing.

Leah Jackson was the first victim who testified against Strampel back in June.

"I have to ask why he was so confident in thinking he could get away with talking about these things with me in a professional academic setting,” she said.

She says he talked to her about sexual relationships and sending nude photos before belittling her.

"Leah Jackson came to you with a dream and you squashed her, and told her that she wasn't good enough, and if she wanted to help people, she should work in a soup kitchen," said Draganchuk.

"It makes me wonder how many other people he had done this to in order for him to have gained this much confidence in thinking that he could get away with it," said Jackson.

Both Jackson and Pandey went to Strampel for help but say they left his office traumatized and scared for their careers.

"I pray that no one else will have to experience the feeling of hopelessness, despair, and depression as your dreams and future are being held hostage by a person who has ill intentions," said Pandey's statement, read by Hagaman-Clark.

"He was supposed to protect us but he chose to betray us," said Jackson.

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