Former Michigan State University President Lou Anna Simon was charged Tuesday with lying to police in the investigation into sexual abuse by the school's former athletic doctor, Larry Nassar.

The Lansing State Journal reported that Simon told investigators she was aware a MSU sports medicine doctor was the subject of a Title IX investigation in 2014. Simon knew at the time it was Nassar in particular who was the subject, but did not disclose it, according to police documents.


The former university president faces up to four years in prison if convicted, the Lansing State Journal reported.

Simon resigned as the school's president in January on the same day Nassar was sentenced to up to 175 years in prison for sexually abusing women and girls while he was a doctor for the university and for USA Gymnastics.

More than 150 women testified against Nassar, with some lambasting the university's response to his actions.

Though Simon remained on the job as evidence and allegations against Nassar grew, she ultimately stepped down in the face of pressure from alumni and state lawmakers.

In May, the university announced it had reached a $500 million settlement with hundreds of Nassar's victims.