MASON, Mich. (WILX) UPDATE - 4:25 PM
MSU head football coach Mark Dantonio has released a statement responding to the charges filed against Auston Robertson, saying
“The criminal sexual conduct charges announced today against Auston Robertson are of the most serious nature. 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.
“Due to the charges he was facing during his recruitment, we took precaution in allowing Auston to be a part of our football program, including a thorough vetting, which we acknowledged publicly at his signing. This was a multiple-step process that continued through his final admission in the summer.
“Following his arrival on campus, he underwent an extensive educational process with specific prerequisites put in place for his participation as a student-athlete. This included daily supervised sessions within the football program and regular meetings with university staff addressing appropriate behavior and developmental growth. He also successfully completed his one-year diversionary program as directed by the court, which included a 22-week course focused on behavior changes that began in Indiana and was transferred to the state of Michigan (Prevention and Training Services). Despite these measures, Auston broke our trust and expectations by putting himself in a compromising situation.
“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. We will continue to emphasize and enforce the high standards of integrity, respect and accountability that I have for everyone in this program. We expect all of our players to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the values and principles of this university.
The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office says Robertson has not been arraigned yet. A hearing has not been scheduled. News 10 first reported the investigation on April 13. MSU football coach Mark Dantonio did not release Robertson's name at the time but said the player who was being investigated was suspended from all team activities as soon as he learned about the situation on April 9. That's the day the incident was reported to Meridian Township Police.
This investigation is not connected to another case involving three Michigan State players and a football staff member. Those players and the staff member have been suspended from the team and banned from campus housing. Their names have not been released. MSU Police handled the investigation and handed the case over to the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office. Prosecutor Carol Siemon has not decided if they will be charged. Director of College Advancement and Performance Curtis Blackwell is currently suspended but Michigan State will not say if that's because of the sex-assault investigation.
Stay with News 10 and wilx.com for updates on both investigations.
Michigan State University football player Auston Robertson has been charged with 3rd Degree Criminal Sexual Conduct. The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office announced charges Friday morning. Meridian Township Police handled the investigation. Updates to come from News 10 and wilx.com.