Ex-MSU gymnastics coach sentenced to 90 days in jail in Nassar-related case

Posted at 4:54 AM, Aug 04, 2020
and last updated 2020-08-04 19:49:01-04

A former Michigan State University head gymnastics coach was sentenced on Tuesday for lying to police during an investigation into serial pedophile and ex-Olympic and MSU doctor Larry Nassar.

Kathie Klages, 65, was sentenced to 18 months probation, with the first 90 days to be served in the Ingham County Jail and to be placed on tether for 90 days following that, per the ruling from an Ingham County Circuit Court judge.

The former coach was found guilty by a jury in February of a felony and a misdemeanor for denying she knew of Nassar’s abuse prior to 2016 when survivors started to come forward publicly.

Klages was set to be sentenced July 15, but a water main break forced the postponement of the sentencing.

The misdemeanor carries up to a two year prison sentence or a fine of up to $5,000. The felony carries up to a four year prison sentence or a fine of up to $5,000.

Two women testified in November 2018 that in 1997 they told Klages that Nassar had sexually abused them. One of the women, Larissa Boyce, testified that Klages held up a piece of paper in front of the then-16-year-old and said if she filed a report there could be serious consequences for Boyce.

Nassar was sentenced in 2018 to 40 to 175 years in prison for decades of sexual abuse to hundreds of athletes.

Klages is the second person other than Nassar to be convicted of charges related to his serial molestation of young women and girls under the guise of medical treatment.

Nassar’s boss at Michigan State, ex-College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel, was sentenced to jail for crimes including neglecting a duty to enforce protocols on Nassar after a patient complained about sexual contact in 2014.