Detective admits mistake made in 2018 interview with Simon


UPDATE (4:46 p.m.): Court has adjourned for the day.

UPDATE (1:25 p.m.): Court is back in session after a break for lunch. Michigan State Police Detective Joe Cavanaugh is under cross-examination by Simon’s attorney, Lee Silver.

UPDATE (11:56 a.m.): Michigan State Police Detective Lieutenant Joe Cavanaugh admitted follow-up questions that could have helped in their investigation into Michigan State University were not asked of former MSU President Lou Anna Simon.

Cavanaugh, under cross-examination by Simon’s attorney, Lee Silver, testified neither he, nor Detective Sergeant Bill Arndt, asked Simon who informed her about the sports medicine doctor who was the subject of a 2014 Title IX review. That doctor turned out to be Larry Nassar.

Silver asked Cavanaugh why, if these questions were key to the investigation, that follow-up was not asked.

“There were lots of questions that we had. Unfortunately the follow-up question was missed by myself and Det./Sgt. Arndt,” Cavanaugh said.

Cavanaugh also acknowledged not following up with that question was a mistake on his and Arndt’s part. He also said while he believed he made notes during the interview, those notes are now destroyed.

UPDATE (11:53 a.m.) – Testimony is underway in day 6 of former Michigan State University president Lou Anna Simon’s preliminary exam.

The hearing has stretched over the course of several months.

Simon is charged with lying to police during their investigation into Larry Nassar.

The morning started with MSU trustee Brian Mossallam taking the stand.

He testified that after the allegations against Nassar surfaced Simon was part of discussions about how to handle the case and possibly settling law-suits filed by survivors.

However, he said he knew nothing about Larry Nassar until 2016.

The other Michigan State Police detective who interviewed Simon last year took the stand after him.

Prosecutors are trying to nail down how Simon lied to police during their interview with her, but the detective says he has no doubt Simon lied during that interview.

6 news reporter Aaron Jordan is in the courtroom.

Follow him on twitter @WLNSAaronJordan for live updates and watch for his reports online and on 6 News at 5 and 6.

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (WLNS) — Testimony is set to resume in former Michigan State University Lou Anna Simon’s preliminary exam Friday.

The hearing will enter its sixth day, stretching over the course of several months. Prosecutors are trying to prove there’s enough evidence to send Simon to trial on charges of lying to police in the Larry Nassar investigation.

>>Day five recap

>>Day four recap

>>Day three recap

>>Day two recap

>>Day one recap, including case background

Simon is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors in the case. She told police she knew a sports medicine doctor was under investigation in 2014, but did not know it was Nassar specifically. Prosecutors say that was a lie.

6 News Reporter Aaron Jordan will be in the courtroom. Follow him on Twitter @WLNSAaronJordan for live updates, and watch for full recaps on 6 News.

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