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Michigan State player charged with criminal sexual conduct

Authorities say a Michigan State football player being investigated in connection with sexual misconduct has been charged

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Friday, April 21, 2017

EAST LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson was charged Friday with third-degree criminal sexual conduct stemming from an incident earlier this month.

Ingham County prosecutors said the 19-year-old Robertson is tied to the April 9 incident in Meridian Township, near the East Lansing school.

Prosecutors said they didn’t know if Robertson had an attorney. The Associated Press sent an email seeking comment from Robertson, who hadn’t been arraigned.

Three other Michigan State football players are part of a sexual assault investigation following a January incident.

All four players have been suspended.

Robertson played in seven games last season as a freshman. He signed with the Spartans in 2016, but Michigan State did not announce until late March of that year — weeks after signing day — that it had accepted his letter of intent. Robertson had been a defendant in a battery case in Indiana.

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 case was officially dismissed last month.

Michigan State did not immediately comment following Friday’s announcement. On April 13, the school released a statement from Dantonio in which he said he was aware of an investigation in Meridian Township involving one of his players, and that the player had been suspended.

“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,” Dantonio said then. “This investigation is an ongoing process. It is not appropriate at this time for me to comment further on this matter.”

There has been no announcement from prosecutors on any charges for the three other players. They face allegations of sexual assault, and the school announced their suspensions Feb. 9. Their names have not been released .

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