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Michigan State DL Auston Robertson charged with sexual assault, removed from team

EAST LANSING, Mich. — According to multiple reports, Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct on Friday. He was released from the team later that day.

The alleged incident took place on April 9 in Meridian Charter Township. Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon charged Robertson for the offense, punishable up to 15 years in prison, after the Meridian Township police conducted the investigation.

After the allegation was made, Robertson—who then remained unnamed—was immediately suspended from the team. MSU coach Mark Dantonio later released a statement regarding the accusation.

[su_pullquote]“While there is an ongoing criminal process, we’re extremely disappointed that Auston put himself in this position. He is no longer a member of our football program.”
–Mark Dantonio[/su_pullquote]

“We will continue to educate and enforce high standards for the program,” said Dantonio. “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.”

After the charges were issued, Dantonio released another statement, officially releasing him from the team.

“The criminal sexual conduct charges announced today against Auston Robertson are of the most serious nature,” said Dantonio. “Sexual assault has no place in our community. While there is an ongoing criminal process, we’re extremely disappointed that Auston put himself in this position. He is no longer a member of our football program.

This is not the first time Robertson faced issues regarding sexual misconduct. He was accused for a misdemeanor battery charge in January 2016 as a high school student in Fort Wayne, Ind.

As a result, Robertson entered a diversionary program in March 2016. He later fulfilled the terms of his diversionary program, and the charges were dropped on March 22. He officially signed with MSU on March 30.

Robertson, a former four-star recruit and currently a sophomore, played scarcely as a true freshman, appearing in seven games where he racked up three tackles. He also had a forced fumble. He was expected to compete on the defensive line for potentially more playing time in 2017.

The allegations against Robertson is separate from the investigation against three football players and a staff member that occurred in February. These players have each been suspended, but neither Dantonio nor the university have commented on the players’ names.

MSU football director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell was also suspended shortly after the sexual assault allegations were made. Dantonio has refused to comment on his suspension and whether or not it pertains to the investigation.

 

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