Michigan State player charged with criminal sexual conduct

Alvin Kelly
April 21, 2017

Today, it was revealed that the player under investigation was defensive lineman Auston Robertson, who was subsequently charged with third-degree sexual misconduct Friday morning.

Last Thursday, Meridian Township Police announced they were investigating a sexual assault that involved a player that was unrelated to the earlier case. That player is now identified as Robertson.

This investigation is not connected to another case involving three Michigan State players and a football staff member. Spartans coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement the player was suspended from the team as soon as he became aware 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.

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According to Allen County Indiana court records, Robertson was arrested on misdemeanor battery charges on January 13 in Allen County and was released on $750 bond and a no contact order was issued. That charge was dropped March 22 after he fulfilled the terms of a diversionary program. That's the day the incident was reported to Meridian Township Police.

The prosecutor will now review that report and make a decision on charges. The university has confirmed that recruiting director Curtis Blackwell is the only football staff member now under suspension, but would not say if his suspension was related to the sexual assault allegations.

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