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Aug. 23, 2018 — The fallout continues

Today, the state of Michigan filed charges against former Michigan State University women’s gymnastics head coach Kathie Klages for lying to investigators about what she knew about Larry Nasser, the university’s former team doctor.

Earlier this year, Nasser was convicted in his part in sexually molesting student-athletes at Michigan State as well as various competitors on dance teams and in gymnastics schools, including those feeding into the elite pool that sent gymnasts onto Olympic careers.

More than 150 women have come forward in the last few months to testify either in open court or in affidavits. Nasser is in a Federal prison in Oklahoma City, serving anywhere from 100 to 235 years in prison — in essence, a life sentence.

Klages is the first of Nasser’s alleged enablers to be charged as an accessory. Published reports list her alongside more than a dozen people who could have reported Nasser’s behavior but are alleged to have done nothing.

The highest-ranking official in this situation, MSU President Lou Anna Simon, has already resigned. With these charges, the Michigan attorney general is certainly in the process of going after the rest.

 

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