The Latest: Report: No evidence that Perles covered up abuse
DETROIT (AP) — The Latest on a special prosecutor’s report about how Michigan State University handled sexual abuse allegations against Larry Nassar (all times local):
A special prosecutor says he “found no credible evidence” that George Perles (PUR’-lis) covered up a rape allegation against Larry Nassar when he was Michigan State University athletic director in 1992.
Perles denied the allegation through his family when it emerged in September in a lawsuit against the university. A woman claimed she was drugged and raped on videotape in 1992 when she was a 17-year-old field hockey player and Nassar was a medical student.
The lawsuit alleged that Perles was aware of the incident and ensured that police wouldn’t pursue it.
But Bill Forsyth’s report says his staff “found substantial evidence contradicting” those claims. The woman’s coach, Martha Ludwig, told investigators that she had never referred athletes to Nassar.
Ludwig told Forsyth’s staff that Perles always was professional when she worked with him. He is Michigan State’s former football coach and a former member of the school’s governing board.