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Woman says Strampel did physical exam on her

Posted at 7:58 PM, Jun 04, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-05 05:57:38-04

LANSING, Mich. — The student, who we're not identifying, says William Strampel offered to let her work as a model for a clinical skills class, and that it would help her chances of getting into med school.

But she claims he told her that he would have to conduct a head-to-toe physical exam on her first.

"I took off all my clothes."

The woman told the jury that Strampel had her change into an examination gown.

He checked her eyes, nose, and head.

Then he examined her breasts and pelvic area.

"When he was doing the breast exam, he said something to the effect that breasts come in all shapes and sizes, and the during the pelvic exam, he commented on how I shaved my pubic hair.

She says that Strampel looked at her and made deliberate eye contact with her, something she says physicians should try to avoid.

"Were you instructed, when you were going through school at Wake Forest, don't ever look in the patient's eyes during the exam?" asked Strampel's attorney John Dakmak during cross-examination.

"Avoid eye contact because it can make people feel uncomfortable," she replied.

Before cross-examination, Assistant Attorney General Danielle Hagaman-Clark asked the student, "When did your eyes meet with the eyes of the defendant?"

"When his fingers were inside of my vagina."

She was called back to the exam room a couple of weeks later.

This time there were students on hand.

The exam began the same way.

"When it came to the breast exam, one of the students was visibly uncomfortable. Dr. Strampel kind of made fun of him and said that 'you need to be comfortable around naked women if you're going to be a doctor...During the internal part of the exam, he made a comment about how in thin women you can feel someone's ovary and pointed at my right ovary and had the other students feel on my abdomen while he was examining me," she said.

She said that both of the examinations ended in the same way.

"He pulled money out of his wallet and handed it to me afterwards...between a hundred and a hundred and twenty dollars."

In cross-examination, Dakmak asked if the student suggested being a life skills model during her first meeting with Strampel.

She said that while she didn't specifically request to be one, she asked if the university had skills models, and expressed interest.

Multiple women have testified that Strampel either groped them or implied they would have to perform sexual favors to help their academic careers.

His trial continues on Thursday. Fox 47 will have full coverage on air and on line.

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