Board hires investigator to review handling of Nassar case

MERIDIAN TWP., Mich (WLNS) - For the past year Larry Nassar abuse survivor Brianne Randall-Gay has been working with Meridian Township to help heal from the events of September 2004.

The Township has gone on the record saying it failed in the Nassar investigation then and, as part of the effort to help Randall-Gay heal, has been working with the Township to develop systems to better handle sexual assault investigations and prevention programs. 

According to a news release from Meridian Township, to help Randall-Gay put closure on the events of September 2004, she has asked for an external review of the investigation.

Tuesday night, the Township Board unanimously approved a contract for East Lansing Police Department retiree Ken Ouellette to conduct the independent investigation. The township will pay a minimum of $3,000 and up to $4,500, with the investigation to be completed in 60 days.

Ouellette was hired at the request of Randall-Gay.

Township Manager Frank Walsh says its all in an effort to help both sides move forward.

"We're certainly not proud of what happened 14 years ago, but as with anything in life, you learn from it," he said. "We still live with what happened 14 years ago. And it's tough on all of us. It's tough on Brianne, it's tough on us. and we hope this investigation, as it moves forward, will shed a lot of light on what occurred."

In March of 2018 Randall-Gay was awarded a $30,000 consulting contract to assist the township to develop a community-wide sexual assault prevention program. 

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