The Denver Post

Report: michigan missed chances to stop doctor’s abuse


» Staff at the University of Michigan missed many opportunit­ies to stop a doctor who committed sexual misconduct for decades with long-term consequenc­es for hundreds of patients, including generation­s of student athletes, a law firm hired by the school reported Tuesday.

The long-awaited report by the WilmerHale firm comes more than a year after former students publicly accused the late Robert Anderson of molesting them during routine physicals or other visits. Some university officials at the time took no action despite being aware of complaints, including legendary football Coach Bo Schembechl­er, the report said.

Their failure to act allowed Anderson “countless occasions” to harass, abuse and assault patients during his 37-year career, attorneys for the firm wrote.

A January court filing indicated there could be more than 850 victims, which would exceed the number of women and girls who were part of a $500 million settlement with Michigan State University over abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar.

The law firm’s inquiry found at least 20 occasions when a student, athlete or other individual spoke with university staff about Anderson’s actions.

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