A former Michigan State Gymnastic instructor was convicted on Friday of lying to investigators when she told them she did not remember whether two teenagers had told her that they had been sexually abused by Lawrence C. Nassar, a former physician at the University and gymnastics in the United States of America. , Who sexually abused many girls and young women.
A jury found the coach, Cathy Kings, guilty of two charges of lying to a peace officer. She will face up to four years in prison and a fine of up to $ 10,000 when she is sentenced on April 15, prosecutors said.
Mrs. Cleggis told the investigators that she was unaware of the ill-treatment of Dr. Nassar before 2016, but the prosecution has argued that she has known abuse for more than 20 years.
During a four-day court trial in the Ingham County Court, two women witnessed that they told Mrs. Cleggs about the ill-treatment of Dr. Nassar in 1997, according to Marie Chartier, Mrs. Clegis’ lawyer. Ms. Chartiz said that Mrs. Klegis said that when she interviewed her about the conversation after 21 years, she did not remember her.
In a statement after the ruling, Michigan State Attorney Dana Nessel said: “She could and should have acted on complaints about Larry Nassar decades ago. This failed on multiple levels, but nothing more important than her failure to protect young women who have the courage To speak decades ago and hundreds who became victims of Nassar after that. “
But in an interview on Friday, Mrs. Charlier said, “The jury made a mistake.” She said that prosecutors failed to prove that Mrs. Cleggis could remember talking to women. “If this case does not deal with Nassar, she will never be condemned,” she said.
Mrs. Cleggis has worked at Michigan State University for 27 years. She retired in 2017 after being accused of covering up allegations that Dr. Nassar was offending young athletes there.
“We appreciate the jury’s consideration of this issue carefully and respect its decision,” Emily Jerkin Girante, a university spokeswoman, said in an email. “At this time, we will allow the jury’s decision to speak for itself.”
Dr. Nassar, a Michigan athletic orthopedic and American gymnast and gymnastrist Twistar Club, pleaded guilty in November 2017 to multiple sexual crimes for abusing girls and young women for years. He was sentenced in January 2018 to 40 to 175 years in prison after more than 100 women faced him in court, and he narrated how he offended them.
In January, gymnastics in the United States filed over 200 prosecutors, including Olympic gymnasts, 215 million dollars to settle their legal claims.
Women can vote as a group to accept the settlement or decide to pursue lawsuits and collect judgments from gymnastics insurance policies in the United States.
Previously, Michigan had offered Dr. Nassar victims a $ 500 million settlement. The settlement is believed to be the largest reached in the case of sexual assault on an American university.