AG Nessel: Two MSU athletic trainers lied to Nassar investigators

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Two Michigan State University athletic trainers face administrative complaints by the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs and the Department of the Attorney General for giving false statements to investigators about their knowledge of sexual abuse of students by Larry Nassar.

Trainers Destiny Teachnor-Hauk and Lianna Hadden are being served with the complaints.

“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 administrative complaints are strictly actions on Teachnor-Hauk’s and Hadden’s athletic trainer licenses in the State of Michigan.

”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. 

According to a statement from LARA, both administrative complaints claim that students informed Teachnor-Hauk and Hadden about the discomfort they felt during Nassar’s treatments.

Both Teachnor-Hauk and Hadden were independently interviewed by the Department of Attorney General Special Agents on June 11, 2018.

Both of them denied that any student had ever advised them of concerns with Nassar or his treatment.

Investigators found that those statements were untruthful and evidence of a lack of good moral character, which is a violation of the Public Health Code.

The disciplinary subcommittee of the Michigan Board of Athletic Trainers will determine any action against the pair.

Punishments could include a fine, license suspension, revoking their license, place one or both on probation and/or place limits on their licenses.

Michigan State University officials say Teachnor-Hauk and Hadden are both still employed by the school, but officials are reviewing the situation. Officials also released the following statement:

“We were made aware today of the administrative complaint filed by the state Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs regarding two trainers at Michigan State University. We are reviewing the findings and taking the complaint seriously. “

Officials with LARA say investigations into former College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel and MSU Sports Medicine Surgeon Doug Dietzel are ongoing. Dietzel had a previous investigation into him that was closed in July 2018 after officials could not find a violation of the public health code. A second investigation was opened in September.

6 News has also reached out to the attorney for both Teachnor-Hauk and Hadden, but has not heard back.

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