Ex-University of Michigan official: I didn’t do enough to stop doctor's sexual abuse of athletes
DETROIT (AP) — A retired University of Michigan administrator told lawyers that he was furious to learn in the late 1970s that a doctor was sexually abusing students, though he also acknowledged that he failed to ensure that Robert Anderson was kicked off campus.
Instead, Anderson in 1980 stepped down as director of the university’s Health Service but continued to see athletes and others until 2003.
Anderson’s supervisor, Tom Easthope, recently was interviewed by lawyers who are suing the university over abuse that is alleged to have occurred over decades. Portions of his answers were included in a revised lawsuit filed Thursday in federal court in Detroit.
Easthope’s remarks are significant because many officials who have been accused of failing to stop Anderson years ago are deceased, including longtime athletic director Don Canham. Anderson died in 2008.