Published: Sat, April 22, 2017
Sport | By Scott Davis

Michigan State player charged with criminal sexual conduct

Michigan State player charged with criminal sexual conduct

The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office announced April 21 it has filed charges against Auston Robertson, a member of the MSU football team.

Robertson was previously suspended from the program when Dantonio learned that he was the subject of a sexual assault investigation stemming from an alleged April 9 incident in Meridian Township.

The alleged incident is separate from the ongoing sexual assault investigation involving three other unnamed Michigan State players and an assistant coach, believed to be Curtis Blackwell, the team's director of college advancement and performance. In January 2016, he was arrested for misdemeanor battery for allegedly touching a female classmate inappropriately while at Wayne High School in October 2015.

Robertson, 19, played in seven games up front on defense in 2016, recording three tackles (two solo) and forcing one fumble.

When the Spartans did welcome him into their signing class, coach Mark Dantonio said Robertson had been accepted into a pretrial diversionary program and needed to continue to satisfy those requirements. That charge was dismissed last month after Robertson went through a diversionary program. He will be charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

"This investigation is an ongoing process".

"The criminal sexual conduct charges announced today against Auston Robertson are of the most serious nature", Dantonio said. None of those football players have been identified and none have been formally charged. That player was immediately suspended on Sunday from all team activities as soon as we were notified of the situation. "I expect all of our players to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the values and principles of Michigan State University", Dantonio said then. Robertson's diversionary program included a 22-week course focused on behavior changes that began in IN and was transferred to the state of Michigan's Prevention and Training Services program.

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