While Michigan State awaits charges against three suspended players and one staff member in an ongoing case, the Ingham Country Prosecutor (ICPO) charged another player in a separate incident today.
Michigan State football defensive end Auston Robertson was suspended by head coach Mark Dantonio from Spartan Football on Sunday, April 9. Dantonio issued a statement at the time in which he said, “We are aware of a sexual assault investigation in Meridian Township involving one of our players. That player was immediately suspended on Sunday from all team activities as soon as we were notified of the situation.
“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.
“This investigation is an ongoing process. It is not appropriate at this time for me to comment further on this matter.”
Meridian Township Police received a criminal sexual assault complaint involving Robertson on April 9, of this year. He is facing a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge and the charges were issued in 55th District Court.
The ICPO they released this statement moments ago:
The Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office has filed third-degree criminal sexual conduct charges against Auston Robertson, a 19-year old resident of East Lansing. The charges were sworn in 55th District Court earlier today by Meridian Township Police, who are conducting the investigation. Carol Siemon, Ingham County Prosecutor
Robertson hails from Ft. Wayne, Indiana and was a true freshman in the Spartans disappointing 3-9 campaign. He was a four star prospect out of high school, but came with baggage. Robertson did not sign on National Letter of Intent Signing Day (NLISD) because he was embroiled in legal trouble involving a female.
He faced misdemeanor battery charge in January 2016 that originated from an incident at his high school against female. The chargers were later dropped in March of this year when all of the terms of the diversionary program he entered where met.
When Robertson found himself embroiled in legal trouble and was not able to sign on NLISD according to multiple people inside football and the MSU Administration, Dantonio had made the decision to move on and was not going to sign him. He obviously changed direction on those comments to others by signing the troubled young man on March 30 of 2016. Nearly two months after signing day.
Dantonio has not spoken of why he changed his mind, but will certainly be asked the next time he meets with the media.
I just spoke with a well-respected attorney who gave me this: In the state of Michigan there are four degrees of sexual criminal conduct. Generally the first and third are considered the worst. Third degree involves penetration of any sort USUALLY involving physical assault or restraint that is including coercion or force. This attorney IS NOT commenting specifically on this case, simply the definition of what third degree criminal sexual conduct is, which is what Robertson is facing.
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