Special prosecutor report finds “no credible evidence” to support Perles allegations

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A report by the special prosecutor looking into Michigan State University’s handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse scandal debunks claims made by a woman who says George Perles knew of allegations as far back as 1992.

Perles is a former football coach and athletic director, and until last month, he was a Trustee at MSU. He resigned a few weeks ago, citing health reasons.

Erika Davis filed a lawsuit back in September saying she had been sexually assaulted by Nassar and that the school had covered it up.

Among her claims: 

  • Nassar drugged her and penetrated her with his penis. Her claim is different from other Nassar abuse victims, who say Nassar used his hands.
  • Nassar taped the abuse and suggested there may be a copy
  • Davis reported the rape to MSU police, who told her to talk to the Athletic Department
  • Davis reported the abuse to her field hockey coach
  • The field hockey coach confronted Nassar and reported the abuse to Perles and was subsquently fired
  • Nassar impregnated her, but that she ultimately miscarried

But according to the report filed by special prosecutor Bill Forsyth, it says there was “no credible evidence” to support Davis’ claims, and that “in fact, we found substantial evidence contradicting her claims concerning the supposed cover-up.”

Forsyth says 

  • The field hockey coach never referred athletes to Nassar and that she did not know who he was
  • The coach only ever talked about which field the team could practice on with Perles
  • There’s no evidence the coach was forced to resign or sign a non-disclosure agreement
  • Nassar was not affiliated with the MSU Sports Medicine Clinic in 1992
  • There was no “dorm mom” with the name of the woman Davis claims to have told about the abuse
  • There was no evidence Davis filed a complaint with the police 

Nassar was sentenced to between 40 and 175 years by judges in Ingham and Eaton counties, but he’s currently behind bars at a federal prison after pleading guilty to child pornography charges. He was sentenced in December of 2017 to 60 years on those charges.

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