A former Michigan State University gymnastics coach mentioned Friday that she had "no memories" of a dialog wherein two younger athletes informed her about sexual abuse by the sports activities physician Larry Nassar in 1997, nearly 20 years earlier than he was charged.
Kathie Klages, 65, is charged with mendacity to the police in 2018. She mentioned she was "shocked" when she first realized of it years later that the One of the teenagers mentioned she had already informed Klages about Nassar.
"I don't remember the conversation," mentioned Klages.
Klages was the final witness to testify at his trial. Closing statements had been anticipated to start shortly.
She faces as much as 4 years in jail. She is the second particular person aside from Nassar to be tried on prices associated to her sexual violence towards younger ladies and ladies below the pretext of medical remedy.
The prosecution mentioned that Klages, who had resigned in 2017 after being suspended for defending Nassar who has been imprisoned since, had lied in 2018 when she informed investigators that the two younger athletes, who had been on a coaching program. gymnastics on campus however not gymnasts from the state of Michigan had not reported Nassar's sexual misconduct to her.
Larissa Boyce mentioned that when she was 16 years outdated and coaching with the Spartan youth gymnastics workforce in 1997, she talked to Klages about Nassar – lengthy earlier than the scandal broke out in 2016. But she mentioned she had backed down and even apologized after Klages warned her of any complaints about Nassar might trigger issues.
Nassar labored at Michigan State and USA Gymnastics, which trains Olympians. He is serving life sentences for possession of youngster pornography and sexual assault of younger ladies and ladies. Over 300 victims reported that he assaulted them throughout the remedy of again issues and different accidents.
In August, the former supervisor of Nassar in the state of Michigan, the former dean of the College of Osteopathic Medicine William Strampel, was sentenced to jail phrases for notably neglecting the man. obligation to use the protocols on Nassar after a affected person complained of sexual contact in 2014.