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An Eaton County judge may decide on Tuesday whether former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon will face a trial.  Simon is accused of lying about when she knew of Larry Nassar’s sexual misconduct. 

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A jury has decided that a former dean at Michigan State University is guilty of multiple criminal charges – including a felony.

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Kalamazoo County prosecutors are getting a boost as they work to solve sexual assault cases. Money approved by lawmakers and disbursed by the state Attorney General’s office will allow Kalamazoo to hire a third investigator to follow up on evidence from rape kits.

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Sterling Riethman, 26, says she had been an ardent watcher of NBC's "Law & Order: Sexual Victims Unit," and felt certain she could recognize sexual assault if it happened to her. But it wasn't so, she tells WMUK's Earlene McMichael. Riethman says sports doctor Larry Nassar abused her in his office without her knowledge. "I had this assumption that, if you were a victim of sexual assault, it would happen in dark alleys and you would be caught off-guard and you would walk away with bruises and scars and end up in the hospital." 

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It was in 2016 that the world first learned of sexual assault allegations against former Michigan State University and USA Gymnastics sports doctor Larry Nassar. Ex-gymnast and diver Sterling Riethman was one of the first women to allow herself to be publicly named. She tells WMUK's Earlene McMichael that she never suspected that what Nassar had done to her was anything other than legitimate medical treatment.