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UPDATE (1:30 p.m.) – The first day of testimony has wrapped up in the trial of a former medical school dean who had oversight of now-imprisoned ex-sports doctor Larry Nassar at Michigan State University. William Strampel is charged with second-degree criminal sexual conduct, misconduct and willful neglect of duty. He is accused of sexually harassing female students. Michigan Assistant Attorney General Danielle Hagaman-Clark told an Ingham County Circuit Court jury Thursday that Strampel “wielded the power and authority of his position with offensive behavior, offensive comments.” Strampel’s attorney, John Dakmak, said conversations were tough and may have been vulgar, but “there was never even a solicitation.” Hundreds of girls and women have said Nassar molested them when he was a physician. Critics say Strampel failed to ensure that Nassar was following patient restrictions ordered in 2014.

UPDATE (10:28 a.m.) – Court is back in session at the trial of former MSU dean William Strampel and the livestream has resumed.

UPDATE (10:12 a.m.) – The court is taking a short recess and will continue.  The livestream will resume when court is called back into session.

ORIGINAL STORY: Opening statements in the criminal trial for former MSU dean William Strampel in underway for this morning.

The initial jury pool started with about 180 people and it was finally whittled down to 12 yesterday.

Strampel faces two felonies and 3 misdemeanor charges, that includes a charge of “willful neglect of duty” for his handling of the Larry Nassar sexual abuse case.

He’s also charged with sexually abusing female students.

6 News will stream from the courtroom during today’s proceedings

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