Ex-Michigan State gymnastics coach charged in Nassar case expected in court

Klages charged with lying to peace officer

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Ex-Michigan State University women's gymnastics coach Kathie Klages appears with her attorney Takura Nyamfukudza at a video arraignment on Aug.30th, 2018, in Lansing, Michigan. If convicted, Klages could be sentenced to up to 4 years in prison.

A former women's gymnastics coach for Michigan State University is expected in court Thursday afternoon for a preliminary hearing.

Her passport was taken away at a probable cause hearing Sept. 7, she did not make a statement at that hearing.

Kathie Klages has been charged with one felony and one misdemeanor count of lying to a peace officer. She is accused of lying to Michigan State police detectives about alleged knowledge prior to 2016 of Nassar's sexual misconduct.

Survivors of Nassar's sexual abuse have claimed they reported it to Klages, some reports were allegedly made more than 20 years ago.

Klages spent 27 years at MSU as a gymnastics coach and was one of Larry Nassar's most vocal defenders.

Allegedly, she held a team meeting the day the first story of Nassar's abuse broke and passionately defended Nassar to the gymnasts. Reports indicate she even brought in a "thinking of you" card for the team to sign for Nassar.

Months later, she told investigators Nassar had deceived her for decades.

Klages was arraigned on Aug. 30 after turning herself in to officials. She was given a $5,000 bond.

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