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Former Michigan State University head gymnastics coach Kathie Klages, who has been charged with lying to investigators regarding the Larry Nassar sexual assault scandal, is set to turn herself in to Lansing, Michigan police on Thursday, August 29, and she is set to be arraigned afterward.
In June, Klages reportedly denied that she had been told by any of the accusers of the 55-year-old disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State physician that he had sexually assaulted them. This was determined to be a lie, and as a result, she was charged with two counts of lying to a peace officer.
Former gymnast Larissa Boyce previously claimed that she reported Nassar’s sexual assault to Klages back in 1997 when she was 16 years old and training for the Michigan State youth gymnastics team.
Michigan State gymnast Lindsey Lemke has also claimed that she informed Klages of Nassar’s predatory behavior and that Klages failed to act on what she was told was going on.
Klages, who defended the 55-year-old disgraced former USA Gymnastics and Michigan State physician even after he was arrested in December of 2016, stepped down from her position at Michigan State in February of 2017 after two gymnasts filed lawsuits against Michigan State claiming that they had made her aware of Nassar’s sexual assault in 1997.
“While investigating how Larry Nassar was able to get away with sexually assaulting hundreds of individuals on and off Michigan State’s campus, Klages denied to Michigan State Police detectives having been told prior to 2016 of Nassar’s sexual misconduct. Witnesses have said that they reported Nassar’s sexual abuse to Klages dating back more than 20 years.”
Klages is the fourth person overall and the first person from Michigan State’s athletic department to be charged in connection with the Nassar scandal, and she faces a four-year felony charge and a two-year misdemeanor charge.
However, Klages’s lawyer, Mary Chartier, believes that her client will be cleared of these charges. Here is what she had to say about the matter, according to The Detroit News.
“Ms. Klages will plead not guilty, and we are confident that she will be cleared of these allegations.”
Nassar himself is set to spend the rest of his life in prison after being sentenced to 60 years in federal prison back in December on three child pornography charges, between 40 and 175 years in state prison back in January on seven sexual assault charges and between 40 and 125 more years in state prison back in February on three additional sexual assault charges.
Nassar has been accused of sexually assaulting more than 330 individuals under the guise of medical treatment for more than two decades. Of the hundreds of people who have accused him of sexual assault, many are female gymnasts, including Olympic champions Simone Biles, Gabby Douglas, Madison Kocian, McKayla Maroney, Aly Raisman, Kyla Ross and Jordyn Wieber.