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Kathie Klages, former gymnastics coach to accompany Larry Nassar under horrific criminal charges

Former USA Gymnastics team doctor and physician at Michigan State University, Larry Nassar, was convicted of sexually assaulting a huge number of women. One of the former gymnastics head coaches of MSU is found guilty and is scheduled to be sentenced for denying the facts to police while the investigation of Nassar was going on.

In February, 65-year-old Kathie Klages was convicted by a jury of a felony and a misdemeanor for refusing to accept that she knew about Nassar’s abuse prior to 2016 when survivors started to come forward publicly. There are two women who testified in November 2018 reporting that in 1997 they told Klages about Nassar and that he had sexually abused them.

Larissa Boyce, who was one of them, testified that Klages held up a piece of paper in front of the 16-year-old and said if she filed a report there could be serious consequences for Boyce. Other than Klages and Nassar there is one more person who was charged with serial molestation of young women and girls in the name of medical treatment.

Nassar’s boss at Michigan State, ex-College of Osteopathic Medicine Dean William Strampel, was also sentenced to jail for crimes like neglecting a duty to enforce protocols on Nassar after a patient complained about sexual contact in 2014. Nassar was the national medical coordinator for USA Gymnastics from 1996 until 2014. He would medically examine young gymnasts at the Karolyi Ranch in Texas which is the national team training camps ran by Béla and Márta Károlyi, here parents were not allowed, and Nassar would take advantage.

He then became the gymnastics team physician at Michigan State University in 1997. Even here he reportedly sexually abused a number of gymnasts and students seeking treatment for muscle injuries. In 2018, Nassar was sentenced for 40 to 175 years in prison for decades of sexual abuse to hundreds of athletes.

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