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Former coach's sentencing delayed in Nassar-related case

No new date was immediately set.
Credit: AP
FILE- In a Feb. 14, 2020 file photo, former Michigan State gymnastics coach Kathie Klages testifies in Lansing, Mich., during her trial where she faced two counts of lying to police. A jury found Klages guilty of lying to police when she denied that two teen athletes told her of sexual abuse by sports doctor Larry Nassar in 1997, nearly 20 years before he was charged. Klages is due to be sentenced on Wednesday, July 15, 2020. (Matthew Dae Smith/Lansing State Journal via AP_File)

LANSING, Mich. — A water main break has forced the postponement of sentencing for a former Michigan State University head gymnastics coach for lying to police during an investigation into ex-Olympic and university sports doctor Larry Nassar. 

Sixty-five-year-old Kathie Klages was found guilty by a jury in February of a felony and a misdemeanor for denying she knew of Nassar’s abuse prior to 2016 when survivors started to come forward publicly. 

A court official says water had to be cut off to the courthouse where Klages was scheduled for sentencing Wednesday. No new date was immediately set.

Klages was the MSU women's gymnastics coach for 27 years before she retired in February 2017, a day after the university suspended her over concerns with the way she handled a September 2016 team meeting after sexual assault allegations against Nassar were made public.

Nassar was sentenced in 2018 to 40 to 175 years in prison for decades of sexual abuse to hundreds of athletes. 



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