Former MSU president charged with lying to police investigating Nassar abuse

first_imgShare on Facebook Share on WhatsApp Beau Dure The former Michigan State University president, Lou Anna Simon, was charged on Tuesday with lying to state police during a probe of Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse. She is the fifth person to face criminal charges related to the scandal.Hundreds of girls and women have said Nassar abused them during his time as a doctor at Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains US Olympians. Nassar pleaded guilty last year to sexually assaulting nine people and possessing child pornography. He is now serving an effective life sentence for his crimes. Since you’re here… Support The Guardian Share on Pinterest Gymnastics Topics Share via Email US universities Share on Twitter College sports US sports Share on LinkedIn … we have a small favour to ask. More people, like you, are reading and supporting the Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many news organisations, we made the choice to keep our reporting open for all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford to pay. Whether we are up close or further away, the Guardian brings our readers a global perspective on the most critical issues of our lifetimes – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. We believe complex stories need context in order for us to truly understand them. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We hope you will consider supporting us today. We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism that’s open and independent. Every reader contribution, however big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Read more USA Gymnastics couldn’t handle Larry Nassar. Now it can’t even handle itself Simon, who stepped down earlier this year, was asked by investigators in May if she was aware of any investigation involving Nassar before 2016. She said she knew in 2014 that a sports medicine doctor was the subject of review. According to Tuesday’s charge, however, she knew the doctor in question was Nassar. The charge also accuses her of falsely stating that she was unaware of the nature of the sexual misconduct complaint that was being investigated. If convicted, Simon faces up to four years in prison. She is the third former university official to face criminal charges related to Nassar’s serial molestation of young female athletes under the guise of treatment. In Texas, a grand jury indicted a former sports medicine trainer. Numerous other people have lost their jobs or been sued during the fallout from the scandal. Share on Messenger Reuse this contentlast_img

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