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MSU athletic trainer faces attempted sexual assault and domestic violence charges

August 28, 2019
The 54B District Court on July 3, 2018.
The 54B District Court on July 3, 2018.

Michigan State football athletic trainer David Jager, charged with domestic violence and lying to police had a pretrial conference today in East Lansing District Court.

These charges stem from an incident where Jager, 39, allegedly assaulted his girlfriend in Spartan Stadium in August 2015 and lied to police about the incident.

Jager faces a charge for criminal sexual conduct in Lansing 54-A District Court from a 2016 incident with a different woman.

The pretrial conference for the East Lansing case was handled outside of court. According to one of Jager's attorney's, Mary Chartier, this was simply to review evidence and determine future court dates.

Jager is still employed by MSU and is on paid administrative leave, according to a university spokesperson.

Jager is listed in a 2018 Attorney General's office report as an MSU employee who failed to report their knowledge of ex-MSU doctor Larry Nassar's decades long sexual abuse of patients.

There are 10 other employees listed including MSU professor and psychologist Dr. Gary Stollak who has since surrendered his psychology license permanently and former head MSU Gymnastics Coach Kathie Klages. She faces two charges of lying to investigators about her knowledge of Nassar's abuse before 2016.

However, Chartier said the Attorney General's report is unrelated to the charges in East Lansing and therefore does not play a role in the case.

"On behalf of Mr. Jager I can say he's going to 100% fight these charges and clear his name," Chartier said. "He vigorously maintains his innocence and we will be taking this to trial."

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