Former MSU gymnastics coach charged with lying to investigators

Tribune Staff • Aug 23, 2018 at 12:30 PM

The state Attorney General’s Office has charged former Michigan State University gymnastics coach Kathie Klages with two counts of lying to investigators in regards to the Larry Nassar case.

Klages, a Spring Lake native, faces up to four years in prison or a fine of not more than $5,000 if convicted of a felony charge. She faces up to two years incarceration and up to a $5,000 fine if convicted at the misdemeanor level.

While investigating how Nassar was able to get away with sexually assaulting hundreds of girls on and off the MSU campus, Klages denied to university police detectives of having been told prior to 2016 of Nassar’s sexual misconduct, according to an official from the Attorney General’s Office.

Witnesses have said that they reported Nassar’s sexual abuse to Klages dating back more than 20 years.

The investigation into MSU’s handling of Nassar’s sexual misconduct is still open and ongoing, according to the Attorney General’s Office.

Since the investigation started, more than 500 people have been interviewed — including all Nassar survivors who wanted to be interviewed — as well as MSU faculty, staff and coaches, and members of the community.

As part of the ongoing investigation, the Attorney General’s Office has set up a tip hotline (844-324-3374) as well as an online form atmi.gov/msuinvestigation that allows those with information to come forward. Both the hotline and website accept anonymous submissions. 

Klages was the head coach of MSU gymnastics for 27 years until retiring in 2017. She was the head gymnastics coach at Spring Lake High School from 1979-81.

Now 63, Klages lives in Mason, according to a Lansing State Journal report.

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