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September 14, 2016 11:20 PM

The longtime team physician for USA Gymnastics – who is accused in a new lawsuit of sexually abusing two former gymnasts – was investigated by Michigan State University’s police department in 2014 following an almost identical complaint, but was cleared of any wrongdoing, PEOPLE learns.

A spokesman for the East Lansing school confirms to PEOPLE that Dr. Larry Nassar was the focus of a police probe two years ago, and university officials temporarily reassigned Nassar during the investigation.

“The complaint, filed by a recent female MSU graduate at the time, involved an allegation of abuse during a medical procedure,” a spokesman for the school tells PEOPLE. “An administrative investigation revealed no violation of MSU policy, and the local prosecutor’s office did not file charges after an investigation by MSU police.”

Nassar is an employee of the university.

The 2014 complaint appears to be the third such grievance to be lodged against the 53-year-old Nassar, who spent 29 years working for USA Gymnastics before being let go last year.

Nassar was named in a lawsuit brought by two ex-gymnasts – one of them, a medal-winning member of the 2000 U.S. Olympic women’s gymnastics team.

The lawsuit, filed last week in California, alleges Nassar groped and fondled the gymnasts during physical therapy sessions.

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Both gymnasts were minors at the time of the alleged unwanted sexual touching, according to the suit.

The Olympian is identified only as “Jane Doe” in the lawsuit, which names both Nassar and the USA Gymnastics organization as defendants.

The lawsuit alleges that USA Gymnastics was aware Nassar had been accused of engaging in inappropriate touching with some of the team’s members but did nothing to address the allegations.

The lawsuit further claims USA Gymnastics actively covered up claims made against the doctor, but it does not detail specific instances. Criminal charges have not been filed against Nassar.

In a statement, Nassar’s attorney, Matthew Borgula, tells PEOPLE his client “does intend to address the allegations against him, which he believes are baseless and completely without merit.”

USA Gymnastics released its own statement late Monday, which notes that the organization cut ties with the doctor soon after learning of the alleged abuse last year. The statement adds that officials immediately notified local authorities of the allegations.

“USA Gymnastics has cooperated fully with the law enforcement agency since we first notified them of the matter, including – at their request – refraining from making further statements or taking any other action that might interfere with the agency’s investigation,” the statement reads.

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