Former gymnastics coach denies charges in Nassar scandal

Former gymnastics coach denies charges in Nassar scandal
Former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages arrives at the Lansing Police Department, Thursday, Aug. 30, 2018, in Lansing, Mich. Klages is charged with lying to investigators in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal. (Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — A former Michigan State University women’s gymnastics coach who’s charged with lying to investigators in the Larry Nassar sexual-assault scandal has appeared in court.

Kathie Klages (KLAY’-jis) appeared by video Thursday from a police lockup in Lansing, Michigan. A judge ordered her to post to be released.

Klages is accused of denying that gymnasts had ever complained of assaults by Nassar. Authorities say two teens complained to her back in 1997. Defense attorney Mary Chartier (SHAR’-tee-ay) says Klages will fight the charges.

Nassar was the doctor for Michigan State’s women’s gymnastics team. He also treated other gymnasts in the Lansing area and Olympians at USA Gymnastics. He’s been sentenced to decades in prison for sexual assault and child pornography crimes.