Klages, ex-MSU gymnastics coach, found guilty


LANSING, Mich. — Kathie Klages, the former Michigan State University women’s gymnastics coach whose once steadfast support of disgraced former Michigan State and Team USA doctor Larry Nassar made her a lightning rod for criticism, has been found guilty of two counts of lying to police.

Klages, 65, could be sentenced to up to four years in prison. Sentencing is set for April 18th

The former coach worked closely with Nassar during their lengthy careers in the sport. A jury found Friday that Klages lied to police in 2018 when she told them that she had no memory of gymnasts complaining about Nassar in the past.

Two former gymnasts — Larissa Boyce and a friend who has chosen to remain anonymous — testified earlier this week that they told Klages back in 1997 when they were teenagers that Nassar was touching them inappropriately.

Klages told police in June 2018 that she had no memory of the gymnasts’ complaints, and she maintained that story Friday when she made a surprising decision to testify in her own defense. Klages said she trusted Nassar until after his arrest in 2016, so much so that she allowed her own children and granddaughter to see him as patients.

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