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Ex-Michigan State Leader In Court On Nassar-Related Charges

November 26, 2018 - 11:43 am

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (WWJ/AP) — The former president of Michigan State University is making her first appearance in court since being charged with lying to investigators about her knowledge of sexual assault allegations against former sports doctor Larry Nassar.

Lou Anna Simon's attorney says the allegations have no merit. But authorities say she specifically knew in 2014 that Nassar had been accused of molesting a woman at a campus clinic. State police say Simon received a detailed file about the allegation.

Simon told state police in May that she only knew that a complaint had been filed against a sports doctor. She's charged with making false statements, a felony.

"Simon faces four years in prison for statements she made in relation to the 2014 Title IX investigation sparked by Amanda Thomashow reporting Nassar for misconduct. She has maintained she only knew the investigation involved a sports medicine doctor — never a name. But an affidavit filed in Eaton County details why the Michigan Attorney General's office alleges that's false," says WoodTV.com.

Simon was arraigned Monday in an Eaton County court charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors. A personal bond of $5,000 was set for Simon and she must surrender her passport. 

She resigned in January after Nassar was sentenced to decades in prison for molesting young women and girls.

Last week, MSU said in a statement that Simon "is taking an immediate leave of absence, without pay, to focus on her legal situation. All questions for Dr. Simon should be directed to her attorney, Lee Silver."

She'll be back in court on Dec. 18 for a probable cause hearing. 

MORE ALLEGATIONS OF COVERUP

A lawsuit filed in September accuses MSU trustee George Perles, 84, of covering up a rape allegation against Nassar in 1992, when Perles was the athletic director and football coach. 

In a 141-page complaint, filed in federal court in Grand Rapid, Erika Davis claims that she raped and impregnated by Nassar during a 1992 medical appointment and that the assault was videotaped.

According to the court documents, which contain graphic and disturbing details, Davis said she went to her coach who confronted Nassar and demanded he hand over the video. Later, the complaint alleges, Perles forced the coach to return the video, resign and sign a non-disclosure agreement.

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A former MSU gymnastics coach accused of lying to investigators has been ordered to stand trial in the Nassar sexual assault scandal.

A judge heard testimony and said there's probable cause to send Kathie Klages to trial. The case now moves to another judge who will set a trial date.

Klages is accused of denying that female gymnasts had ever complained of assaults by Nassar.
Larissa Boyce testified that she informed Klages in 1997 that Nassar had molested her with his hands. Boyce says Klages told her there could be "very serious consequences" for Nassar if it was reported to others. Boyce was 16 at the time.

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A retired psychologist has agreed to give up his license after being accused of failing to report assault allegations against Nassar back in 2004.

Michigan regulators said in September that 79-year-old Gary Stollak didn't contest the allegation that he violated state law by failing to report abuse of a minor. Stollak was a psychologist and counselor at Michigan State University.