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Timeline of Events of Dr. Robert E. Anderson’s Sexual Abuse

The following timeline was prepared by our legal team. The firm is representing numerous victims and survivors of Dr. Robert E. Anderson, including Dr. James Barahal. The timeline will be updated as key events are identified.

 

 

  • 1963-1967 – Ron Weiser, as a UM wrestler, saw Dr. Anderson as a freshman. He saw Dr. Anderson for various reasons and was abused during those visits. He has not disclosed publicly the forms of abuse. Detroit News

 

  • 1968 – Gary Bailey was asked by Dr. Anderson to fondle his genitals during a medical exam. He told friends and went to the UM Health Service to report on the inappropriate exam. He never heard back from the university. Source: Detroit News

 

  • Nov 1968 – Former track and field coach turned UM Athletic Director, Don Canham, begins collaborating with Anderson to save the athletic department money on medical costs and screening athletes through the health department. Anderson suggests a compulsory preseason physical exam for all athletes to be a requirement. Source: Detroit Free Press

 

  • 1969 – Anderson follows up with head athletic trainer, Linsday McLean, concerned that the exam process has drawbacks. Athletes are not given special treatment by the health care nurses or secretaries and as a result, athletes would be seen by other doctors besides himself. Source: Detroit Free Press

 

  • 1969 – Ed Glazier, former patient, claims Anderson traded Vietnam draft excuses for sexual favors. After receiving a draft notice, Glazier went to see Anderson because other gay males said Anderson would write an “unfit for military service” letter. During the exam, Anderson dropped his pants, laid down on a table, and began touching himself. Glazier received a letter to excuse him from military service. He never spoke of it, thinking that was the price/trade-off from avoiding military service during the war. Source: Michigan Radio

 

  • June 1971 – Robert Julian Stone claims Dr. Anderson exposed himself during a medical exam and used Stone’s hand to fondle his genitals. Source: Detroit News

 

  • 1973 – General Motors sends JP DesCamp to see Dr. Anderson to keep his flight status for a Detroit Airport. During the exam, Anderson removed DesCamp’s underpants and proceeded to give him a rectal exam and fondled his genitals. Source: Detroit Free Press

 

  • July 1975 – Tad Deluca sees Anderson for a dislocated elbow. He gets an unnecessary rectal and testicular exam. He writes a 9-page letter to his coach, Bill Johannesen, and then-athletic director, Don Canham, outlining the abuse. He is dismissed from the team and loses his scholarship. Source: Detroit Free Press

 

  • 1975 – James Barahal, as a medical student, was given an unnecessary digital rectal exam while complaining of a sore throat. Source: Star Advertiser

 

  • 1976 – After being grabbed in the genitals, during a medical exam with Anderson, a track athlete notified his coaches, Jack Harvey and Ron Warhurst. He requested to see another doctor but was laughed at and told no. He was too embarrassed to tell his coaches he was digitally penetrated too. He was sexually assaulted by Anderson at least 25 times during his time at UM. Source: Detroit News

 

  • 1976-1980 – A wrestler on scholarship saw Dr. Anderson for various reasons 10-20 times during his time as an undergraduate. When he went for a hurt ankle, he was digitally penetrated during a prostate exam to the point of ejaculation. He told a teammate soon afterwards. Source: M Live

 

  • Aug 13, 1979 – Internal document from investigation stated Anderson was to be removed from Director of University Health Services to Clinical Instructor, with a reduced salary, effective Jan 14, 1980. Thomas Easthope, UM administrator who supervised Anderson, fired him for rumors circulating about his sexual misconduct. He goes on to become the athletic team physician. Source: Detroit Free Press

 

  • 1980-1984 – A football player, on a scholarship, saw Dr. Anderson about 12-20 times over the years as an undergraduate. He saw Anderson for various ailments but recalls being grabbed hard in the genitals and digitally penetrated in the anus 4-8 times during an exam. Over the course of his visits, he said he accepted the unnecessary exams because he wanted to stay on the football team and Dr. Anderson ordered the tests. Source: M Live

 

  • 1984-1989 – A wrestler, on an athletic scholarship, claims Dr. Anderson assaulted or abused him at least 35 occasions or 70 total acts of nonconsensual anal penetrations and genital fondling when he was 17-22 years old. None of his exam visits required issues with his genitals. He claims UM required him to see Dr. Anderson in order to be on the team. He was sexually assaulted on the very first exam. Source: Detroit Free Press

 

  • 1989 – 1993 – A football player, on an athletic scholarship, saw Dr. Anderson at least 6 times for physicals and various ailments, including an infected wound. He was sexually assaulted each time. Without consent, Anderson examined, handled and fondled his penis and testicles and also digitally penetrated his anus. The victim felt “shock, pain, and shame.” He did not tell anyone and believed Anderson must have a legitimate medical reason for such examinations. Source: Detroit News and M Live

 

  • 1993-1998 – A wrestler, on athletic scholarship, saw Dr. Anderson 8-10 times over the years for physicals and various injuries, such as broken hands, separated shoulders, and knee injuries. During one visit Dr. Anderson grabbed his penis and testicles and asked if he were born in 1975 cause his circumcision looks like a circumcision from 1975. Anderson was rubbing the athlete’s penis too. The athlete did not complain because Anderson was the team doctor. Source: M Live

 

  • 1998 – Former wrestler, Andy Hrovat, experiences sexual misconduct as a freshman. He said he was touched inappropriately during medical exams. He knew from other athletes that Anderson was going to fondle you. Source: ABC News

 

  • July 2018 – Tad Deluca wrote to Athletic Director Warde Manuel to report he was sexually assaulted in 1975 by Dr Anderson.

 

  • Nov 2, 2018 – Thomas Easthope tells detectives that he warned Anderson about fooling around with boys.

 

  • April 2019 – The university police investigation concludes with significant evidence of abuse, which is then turned over to the Washtenaw County prosecutor. Source: The Daily Beast

 

  • Aug 2019 – Robert Julian Stone alerts UM officials of his abuse encounter with his essay, “My Michigan Me-too moment, 1971.” He tried to get a copy of his case file, only for UM officials to say it is part of a larger, ongoing investigation. Source: The Detroit News

 

  • Jan 2020 – UM hires Steptoe & Johnson law firm to conduct an independent review of the allegations. Source: ESPN

 

  • Feb 19, 2020 – Robert Julian Stone talks to Detroit News and comes forward publicly as a victim. (see also 1971)

 

  • Feb 19, 2020 – UM Spokesman acknowledged university employees were aware of accusations before the 2018 complaint that launched the police investigation. Source: AP

 

  • Feb 19, 2020 – UM sends out a press release for victims to contact the university with their Compliance Hotline. Washtenaw County Prosecutor will not press charges since Anderson is deceased and statute of limitations has passed. Source: Detroit News

 

  • Five former patients come forward publicly with sexual misconduct allegations

 

  • Feb 20, 2020 – Gary Bailey comes forward publicly as a victim. (see also 1968)

 

  • Feb 21, 2020 – Andy Hrovat comes forward publicly as a victim. (see also 1998)

 

  • Feb 21, 2020 – UM President Schlissel apologizes to any victim harmed by Dr. Anderson

 

  • Feb 21, 2020 – UM Spokesman, Rick Fitzgerald, says the university has received 31 calls so far to the hotline.

 

  • Feb 24, 2020 – Victims of Dr. Anderson abuse start to hire Estey and Bomberger, LLP for legal representation Source: MLive

 

  • Feb 25, 2020 – Estey & Bomberger client Dr. James Barahal comes forward publicly as a victim. see also (see also 1975)

 

  • Feb 25, 2020 – UM President releases statement about the investigation into allegations, hotline, and available counseling. Source: University of Michigan

 

  • Feb 25, 2020 – AP reached out to the former coach, Bill Johannesen, who denies any athlete ever told him about Anderson’s inappropriate behavior. Source: AP Larry Lage Twitter

 

  • Feb 26, 2020 – Ann Arbor and Flint schools are looking into any possible connections between Dr. Anderson and the schools. Source: Detroit News

 

  • Feb 27, 2020 – Tad Deluca comes forward publicly as the July 2018 whistleblower. (see also 1975)

 

  • Feb 27, 2020 – Press conference with victims Tad Deluca, Andy Hrovat, and Thomas Evashevski. Evidence released from the 1970’s. Source: Fox2

 

  • Feb 28, 2020 – Ann Arbor school district reports it has no record of Dr. Anderson as an employee or as a volunteer. Source: Detroit News

 

  • Feb 28, 2020 – UM has received over 100 complaints to their hotline. Source: New York Daily News

 

  • Mar 2, 2020 – Over 100 calls to the hotline. UM is trying to coordinate with a national counseling firm. Source: MLive

 

  • Mar 3, 2020 – Two former football players and a former NHL hockey player are among the latest victims. One of the football players was on the 1997 National Championship team. They remain unnamed. Source: Detroit News

 

  • Mar 4, 2020 – First lawsuit against UM is filed by attorney, Mike Cox, in the U.S. District Court in Detroit. The unnamed victim, a former wrestler, claims UM covered up sexual abuse by Dr. Anderson. Cox states there are at least 10 more lawsuits to be filed. (see also 1984-1989) Source: Detroit Free Press and M Live

 

  • Mar 4, 202 – Parker Stinar, lead attorney with Wahlberg, Woodruff, Nimmo & Sloane, LLP, discussed the outcome from two meetings with Tim Lynch, vice president and general counsel for UM. Stinar hopes to keep his clients’ confidentiality by not filing a lawsuit at this time. Their goal is to still hold the university accountable, while providing a safe place for victims to come forward without a public lawsuit. The law firm also has taken issue with the handling of the UM investigation by Steptoe & Johnson, and discourages victims to call the hotline. Source: Michigan Daily

 

  • Mar 5, 2020 – UM offering free counseling for any victim of Dr. Anderson and former Provost Martin Philbert. UM partnered with Praesidium counseling. Source: WXYZ

 

  • Mar 5, 2020 – Robert Stone, JP DesCamp, and Mike Connelly meet with reporters to share their stories of abuse. Their lawyers are calling for an Attorney General Investigation. Attorney General Dana Nessel says two things have to happen: 1. AG needs a commitment from UM to waive all privileges, so the investigation will be unbiased; 2. Resources and funding needs to be secured.  (see also 1973) Source: Detroit Free Press and ABC 12

 

  • Mar 5, 2020 – The Mike Cox Law Firm and Shea Law Firm filed lawsuits on behalf of the two former football players and a former NHL player, who came forward on Mar 3rd. Source: The Guam Daily Post

 

  • Mar 5, 2020 – The Mike Cox Law Firm has filed 8 total lawsuits. Three newest lawsuits were athletes attending UM on scholarships – two wrestlers (see also 1976-1980), (see also 1993-1998), and a football player (see also 1980-1984).

Source: M Live

 

  • Mar 5, 2020 – Attorney General Dana Nessel responds to the call for an investigation. Nessel said UM needs to agree to full transparency and cooperation. UM would need to waive all privileges, including attorney-client privilege, and cooperate with any law enforcement efforts. Plus, the AG office would still need an appropriation from the Legislature to fund the investigation. Source: Michigan Attorney General

 

  • Mar 6, 2020 – UM President Schlissel and Board of Regents apologized “for the pain caused by the failures of our beloved university.” UM department of public safety and security has opened a new case for all reports received after Feb 18th. Source: M Live

 

  • Mar 6, 202 – UM President said it will “stay the course” for their own investigation without the state attorney general’s offer to help. Lawyers for the victims call UM’s stance “shameful.” Source: The Alpena News