Michigan State player charged with criminal sexual conduct


Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson has been charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct, the Detroit Free Press reported Friday. None of those players have been identified.

The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office confirmed earlier this month a Spartans football player is being investigated by the Meridian Township Police Department for alleged sexual assault.

When the latest allegation came to light, Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement at the time: "We will continue to educate and enforce high standards for the program". I expect all of our players to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the values and principles of Michigan State University.

One investigation involves what happened, and the other involves the football team's compliance with university policy.

A second sexual assault investigation involving a Michigan State football player has been sent to the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office.

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"This investigation is an ongoing process".

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Robertson was arrested in January 2016 on a misdemeanor battery charge in connection with an October 2015 incident at Wayne. University police requested four arrest warrants on February 16 for that incident. He entered a diversionary program to have those charges lifted later that year. The prosecutor's office has yet to make a decision on whether or not it will charge any of those players with a crime.

Curtis Blackwell, the team's director of college advancement and performance, has been placed on paid leave.