Hearing starts to see if ex-MSU president will face trial

February 5, 2019
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Assistant Attorney General Scott Teter addresses District Judge Julie Reincke in Charlotte, Mich., Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019, during the first day of former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon's preliminary hearing where she faces charges of lying to police about when she knew about a sexual assault report against former MSU doctor Larry Nassar. (Matthew Dae /Lansing State Journal via AP)

CHARLOTTE, Mich. (AP) — A hearing has begun to determine if a former Michigan State University president will face trial in a case related to the Larry Nassar scandal.

A judge listened to one witness Tuesday, a woman who was molested by the sports doctor. The hearing will resume in Eaton County, Michigan, on April 8.

Lou Anna Simon is accused of lying during an interview last May when investigators were trying to determine how Nassar got away with sexual assault for so long. Simon is charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors.

Authorities say Simon knew in 2014 that Nassar had been accused of molesting a woman at a campus clinic. But Simon told police that she knew only that a complaint had been filed against a sports doctor.

Nassar is serving decades in prison for possessing child pornography. He faces separate sentences for sexual assault.

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