A former MSU gymnastics coach has turned herself in for lying during the investigation into USA Gymnastics team doctor Larry Nassar who turned was convicted of being serial pedophile rapist. Kathie Klages turned herself in to police and was arraigned on criminal charges for lying to investigators resulting in a felony and a misdemeanor charge.
Former gymnasts from the University say they told Klages in 1997 that former NSU sports doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulted them. Nassar was found guilty of federal child porn charges as well as numerous sexual assault crimes which have landed him over 100 combined years in prison.
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When investigators confronted Klages about the reported incidents, the Attorney General's office says she lied to investigators and said no one reported Nassar to her for sexual misconduct. A survivor of Nassar's abuse named Lindsey Lemke was not a witness in the case against him but says she was among those who reported Nassar's sexual abuse to Klages.
Lemke said, "Larry Nassar was the first person that needed to be taken down because he was the abuser, obviously. And now you move on to the enablers, and we have been talking about Kathie Klages from the very beginning." One of Klages attorneys pointed that Attorney General Bill Schuette is running for governor and maintains Klages is not guilty. "I think for the AG, Larry Nassar and anyone associated to him is the gift that keeps on giving," Takura Nyamfukudza said. "We're just a few months away from election season and I think the timing is very interesting."
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The Attorney General's office denies that there is any political motivation for the charges against Klages. A spokesperson for the AG's office named Andrea Bitely said, "Lying to a cop has nothing to do with politics – we charge crimes based on the actions of the accused, not the current political climate." Klages is set to appear in court next in September for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to go to trial.
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