According to the Ingham County Prosecutors' Office on Friday, Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson has been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
The incident reportedly occurred on April 9th, 2017 and is separate from the sexual assault incident that occurred in late January that involved three MSU football players that remain unidentified as well as staff member Curtis Blackwell's suspension and arrest that occurred in late February.
Robertson was suspended from the Spartans' spring game.
Prior to enrolling at Michigan State, Robertson faced a misdemeanor battery charge in his native Fort Wayne, Indiana, stemming from an incident in which he allegedly inappropriately touched a classmate at school.
If convicted Robertson, a 19-year-old rising sophomore, faces up to 15 years in prison for the felony charge.
MSU football head coach Mark Dantonio released a statement regarding Auston Robertson's charges.
"The criminal sexual conduct charges announced today against Auston Robertson are of the most serious nature", Dantonio said.
As Freep's Chris Solari notes, this is the second major charge against Robertson who entered a diversionary program back in 2015 after another charge. Dantonio announced Robertson's signing March 30, 2016. Robertson's diversionary program included a 22-week course focused on behavior changes that began in IN and was transferred to the state of Michigan's Prevention and Training Services program. None of those football players have been identified and none have been formally charged.
The 6-foot-4, 281-pound Robertson played seven games as a true freshman for the Spartans during their 2016 season.
"We are aware of a sexual assault investigation in Meridian Township involving one of our players".
"This investigation is an ongoing process". "We will continue to educate and enforce high standards for the program".
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"Our players are representatives not only of themselves and their families, but also Michigan State University, this football program and all of those who support us", Dantonio said in his statement.