UPDATE: Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon is the fifth person other than Larry Nassar to be charged during investigations of his sexual abuse of women and girls.
The 71-year-old Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police in Michigan about a 2014 campus probe of a complaint filed against Nassar by a patient. Her attorney Lee Silver calls the charges “completely baseless” and says there is not a “shred of evidence” to support them.
Simon stepped down under pressure in January but remains on faculty. The school says she is taking an unpaid leave of absence.
She is the third current or former campus official other than Nassar charged by the Michigan attorney general. Two former USA Gymnastics officials are facing charges in Texas.
ORIGINAL STORY: Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon faces charges of lying to police.
According to court records, warrants were issued for Simon’s arrest for two felony and two misdemeanor counts in relation to the Larry Nassar investigation.
The charges were brought by the Attorney General’s office which has been investigating MSU’s handling of the sexual assault reports against Nassar.
Simon resigned as president of MSU in January as Nassar was sentenced in Ingham County Circuit Court to 40 to 175 years in prison.
Simon is the second person facing charges of lying to police related to sexual assault complaints against Nassar.
Former MSU gymnastics coach Kathie Klages faces a felony and a misdemeanor charge for lying to police about what she knew about sexual assault complaints against Nassar before 2016.
William Strampel, the former dean of osteopathic medicine at MSU and Nassar’s former boss has also been charged on a felony unrelated to Nassar and two misdemeanors tied to the 2014 Title IX investigation of the sexual assault complaints against Nassar prior to 2016.
Simon is expected to be arraigned November 26.