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Larry Nassar fallout continues – MSU Gymnastics coach turns herself in to police

A former Michigan State University gymnastics coach was in court today. Kathie Klages turned herself in to police and was arraigned on criminal charges for lying to law enforcement.

Witnesses say they told Klages in 1997 that former MSU sports doctor Larry Nassar sexually assaulted them. Nassar will likely spend the rest of his life in prison for sexually assaulting his patients for decades.

But when confronted by police, the Attorney General’s office says Klages told law enforcement that no one reported Nassar’s sexual misconduct to her.

Lindsey Lemke is a Nassar survivor. She says she isn’t a witness in this case, but she also told Klages that Nassar assaulted her.

“Larry Nassar was the first person that needed to be taken down because he was the abuser, obviously. And now you move on to the enablers, and we have been talking about Kathie Klages from the very beginning,” Lemke said.

Klegas was allowed to go home on bond. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for the end of September.

Before becoming the newest Capitol reporter for the Michigan Public Radio Network, Cheyna Roth was an attorney. She spent her days fighting it out in court as an assistant prosecuting attorney for Ionia County. Eventually, Cheyna took her investigative and interview skills and moved on to journalism. She got her masters at Michigan State University and was a documentary filmmaker, podcaster, and freelance writer before finding her home with NPR. Very soon after joining MPRN, Cheyna started covering the 2016 presidential election, chasing after Donald Trump, Hillary Clinton, and all their surrogates as they duked it out for Michigan. Cheyna also focuses on the Legislature and criminal justice issues for MPRN. Cheyna is obsessively curious, a passionate storyteller, and an occasional backpacker. Follow her on Twitter at @Cheyna_R
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