MSU Police Department Seeking 4th Warrant in Sexual Assault Claim that has Embroiled Michigan State Football
East Lansing, MI
Yesterday Spartan Nation learned that the Michigan State Police Department (MSUPD) had requested from the Ingham County Prosecutor Office (ICPO) three warrants in a sexual abuse allegation case. YOU CAN READ THAT REPORT HERE.
Spartan Nation also learned yesterday that the Michigan State University Police Department was going to seek a fourth warrant in the sexual assault claim that has embroiled Spartan football. We were asked NOT to report until late morning today. In the meantime our good friend Dan Murphy was ESPN got the information and reported it as well.
On February 9, MSU announced that three Spartan football players were suspended pending the investigation and one staff member (Non on field coach) had been suspended as well. YOU CAN READ THAT HERE.
The staff member has since been identified by Michigan State spokesman Jason Cody as Curtis Blackwell. Blackwell’s title with Spartan football is Curtis Blackwell, the football program’s director of college advancement and performance. It is important to note that Blackwell has no chain of command at Michigan State. He is directly accountable it head Coach Mark Dantonio.
When Spartan Nation was told that the fourth warrant is going to be sought for a fourth individual and that the alleged crime is of a NON sexual nature. The source said, “I believe it is obstructing or obstruction.” Neither law enforcement nor Michigan State would confirm or deny on the record that the fourth warrant request is for the suspended Blackwell.
Pending the investigation, Blackwell is suspended with pay by the University. The Ingham Country Prosecutor Office announced yesterday that it was asking for MSUPD to submit additional evidence and information. YOU CAN READ THE ENTIRE STATEMENT HERE.
Spartan Nation has reached out to the victim’s attorney, Karen Truskowski. She has chosen to make no statements until after warrants are issued, but will speak to Spartan Nation after.
Stay tuned to Spartan Nation for the latest.