The Latest: Ex-coach charged with lying about Nassar abuse
LANSING, Mich. (AP) — The Latest on the investigation into what others knew of sexual assault allegations against Larry Nassar (all times local):
Investigators say a former head gymnastics coach at Michigan State University lied in June when she denied that witnesses had told her in the past about being sexually assaulted by former sports doctor Larry Nassar.
Charging documents released Thursday don’t specify who allegedly reported Nassar’s abuse to the former coach, Kathie Klages.
But former gymnast Larissa Boyce has said she told Klages that Nassar had abused her in 1997, when Boyce was 16. Boyce had been training with the Spartan youth gymnastics team at the time.
Klages has denied that Boyce reported abuse to her.
In his warrant request, special agent David Dwyre with the Michigan attorney general’s office says he told Klages in June that he was conducting a criminal investigation. He says she proceeded to “knowingly and willfully” make statements she knew were false or misleading.
A message seeking comment was left Thursday with attorneys for Klages.
A former gymnastics coach at Michigan State has been charged with lying to police amid the sexual abuse investigation involving former sports doctor Larry Nassar.
The charges against Kathie Klages were announced Thursday by a special independent counsel appointed by the state to investigate the university. If convicted, Klages could face up to four years in prison.
Klages has denied allegations that former gymnast Larissa Boyce told her that Nassar had abused her in 1997, when Boyce was 16. Boyce had been training with the Spartan youth gymnastics team at the time.
Boyce has said Klages dissuaded her from taking the issue further, even after another young gymnast relayed similar allegations.
It wasn’t immediately clear if Klages has an attorney. A message seeking comment was left with attorneys defending her in civil lawsuits.