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Prosecutors Drop Felony Charge Against MSU Official

Jason Scott

A Michigan State athletic trainer who has been on unpaid administrative leave since August had the more severe charges against him dropped.

According to the Lansing State Journal, David Jager, an athletic trainer with the Michgan State football and men’s and women’s tennis teams, had been accused of felony attempted sexual assault in connection with a 2016 incident. 

Prosecutors told a judge on Friday that they would drop that charge. Jager’s attorney, Mary Chartier, said that her client “has maintained his innocence from day one and we’re very fortunate that an ethical prosecutor took a look at the case in depth and made the right decision.”

Jager still faces a misdemeanor domestic violence charge in connection to a 2015 incident involving an ex-girlfriend that allegedly took place at Spartan Stadium. Chartier told the Lansing State Journal that she expects that case will proceed to trial.

The state attorney general’s office named Jager as one of the 11 individuals who had knowledge of abuse by former team doctor Larry Nassar and failed to report it, but the incidents for which Jager is facing charges are unrelated to the Nassar case. 

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