TIMELINE - Former MSU football players sex assault cases

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Published: Jun. 7, 2017 at 6:33 PM EDT
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A timeline of the events, and investigations that lead to sex assault charges against Michigan State University football players.

An alleged sexual assault involving three Michigan State University football players and a female victim occurs.


Three players, and a football staff member are suspended. This is connected to the January 16 alleged sexual assault.


MSU spokesman Jason Cody confirms the suspension of Curtis Blackwell, a key member of the MSU football staff. Blackwell was suspended from the university, with pay.

Blackwell was the Director of College Advancement and Performance. He was heavily involved with recruiting members of the football team, and mentoring players. Blackwell had been with the football program since August of 2013.


The MSU police submit warrant requests to the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office, regarding their investigation of an alleged on-campus sexual assault.

Prosecutor Carol Siemon releases the following statement:

“Earlier today, our office received warrant requests from the MSU Police Department in a reported case of sexual assault that occurred on the campus this past January. Detectives from the Michigan State University Police Department have conducted a thorough and professional investigation of this incident. I have asked the MSU Police Department to continue that investigation and submit to our office additional information and evidence. Upon the review of those materials, I will determine a charging decision in this matter.”

A spokesman for the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office says a fourth warrant request had been submitted from the MSU Police Department. The new warrant request is for obstructing an investigation, a potential 2-year felony. The prosecutor’s office does not name who the warrant was requested for.


Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon says her office received follow-up reports on the sex-assault investigation involving three MSU football players.


Mark Dantonio says he couldn’t comment on the investigation, but he wants to answer what he could about the football team.


An sexual assault involving a fourth MSU football player allegedly occurs.


A fourth MSU football player is suspended from the team after Meridian Township police receive a report alleging he sexually assaulted a woman. Police say this is separate from the case against the three football players.


Meridian Township Police confirm sexual assault investigation involves a MSU football player. MSU President says Dantonio suspended the player, pending the outcome of the investigation. The player’s name is not released at this time.


Former MSU football player Auston Robertson is charged with 3rd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct.


Meridian township police continue the search for former MSU football player Auston Robertson.


Meridian Township Police arrest 19-year-old Auston Robertson.


Ingham County Prosecutor's Office confirms that Robertson has waived extradition and is voluntarily coming back to Michigan.


Auston Robertson is formally charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct. He could face up to 15 years in prison if found guilty.


The president of Michigan State University, Lou Anna K. Simon, releases a statement to the MSU community regarding the issue of sexual assault at MSU.


The Title IX investigation into an alleged sexual assault involving three Michigan State University football players is complete.


Three MSU football players might face disciplinary action after the university finds they violated the school's title IX policy. A board will decide what actions to take.


MSU fooball coach Mark Dantonio decides not to renew the contract of staff member Curtis Blackwell. The University will not say if he is the staff member suspended as part of a sexual assault investigation involving three players.


Michigan State University hired an external law firm to conduct an independent investigation into the football program staff member's compliance with university policy in connection with sexual assault allegations. MSU releases that report.

Ingham County Prosecutor authorizes charges against three MSU football players. The office reviewed charges against an MSU football staff member, but no charges were issued.


After a criminal investigation is complete the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office charges Joshua J. King, Demetric D. Vance and Donnie L. Corley Jr. for their involvement in an incident that occurred Jan. 16 on campus.

The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office presents evidence of a suspected sexual assault on the night of January 16. Three now-former MSU football players, Josh King, Donnie Corley, and Demetric Vance faces charges in the case.

20-year-old Demetric Vance, a former MSU football player and student is arraigned in district court on a count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The MSU Athletic Department holds a news conference to discuss the football program and the dismissal of three players who have been charged with sexual assault.

"You see problems, you push through problems,” Coach Mark Dantonio says. “That's always been my way of dealing with things. That's what we'll continue to do. I feel like today is an end point in some respects."


Former MSU football player Josh King is charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, which carries a possible life sentence, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct with a potential sentence of 15 years in prison, and one count of capturing/distributing image of an unclothed person, which has sentence of up to 5 years and/or up to a $5000 fine.

MSU trustee Mitch Lyons revels that Auston Robertson was the player who alerted coach Mark Dantonio to the sexual assault allegation that led to three other players being charged.

Lyons shares this information during an interview on sports radio show The Huge Show:

"When Auston Robertson came into his office for a regular weekly meeting you know Coach D asked the regular questions he typically asked him and then he became a little emotional and didn't even go into details, he just alluded to the fact that something happened and Coach D had a sense that it involved some sort of sexual allegation and he immediately said, 'Hey, don't say anything more.' He called the OIE office, got the appropriate person involved."

Judge decides to move the next conference back by three months to give the defendants' lawyers more time to examine evidence and find a time when all three attorneys would be available again. The date for the next conference is now scheduled for September 15.


Michigan State University Trustee Mitch Lyons says he deeply regrets naming the now-former player who alerted coach Mark Dantonio to the sexual assault allegation that led to three other former players being charged.


Robertson's accuser testifies during a preliminary hearing that she verbally and physically tried to get Robertson to stop. A second count of Criminal Sexual Conduct is added to the first charge. Robertson is due back in court on July 5.


A police reported released to News 10 and wilx.com under the Freedom of Information Act shows MSU Police Department detectives wanted former football staff member Curtis Blackwell charged with interfering with their sex-assault investigation.


A pre-exam conference was held for three MSU football players accused of sexual assault. It began at 8:30 a.m.


Three former MSU football players accused of sexual assault waived their preliminary hearing.


Lawyers for the players met prosecutors in the judge's chambers Friday. Nobody would comment afterwards.


They were scheduled for a pre-trial conference in Judge Aquilina's courtroom Wednesday morning but was postponed.


The pre-trial date for Auston Robertson was set for May 2 at 10:30am.


Josh King, Donnie Corley, and Demetric Vance have all pleaded guilty to seduction. A felony that carries up to 5 years in prison. A seduction charge is a non-sexual assault charge. Judge Aquilina has accepted the guilty pleas. The sentencing is scheduled for June 6 at 8:30 AM.

Judge Aquilina granted the men HYTA, probation for 36 months, treatment for being sex offenders, and individual and group therapy, along with cognitive therapy. In addition, each one has to perform 100 hours of community service.


Former Players

Josh King #92 - DE
Josh King

Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Darien, Ill.
Suspended: February 9, 2017

King has been charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct. This is related to a January 16 incident, it also involves Corley and Vance.

Donnie Corley #9 - WR/CB
Donnie Corley

Class: Sophomore
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Suspended: February 9, 2017

Corley was charged with criminal sexual assault connected to the January 16 incident involving King and Vance.

Demetric Vance #11 - S
Demetric Vance

Class: RS Freshman
Hometown: Detroit, MI
Suspended: February 9, 2017

Vance faces one charge of third degree cirminal sexual assault. These charges are connected to the January 16 incident involving Corley and King.

 

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Auston Robertson #94 - DE
Auston Robertson

Class: Freshman
Hometown: Fort Wayne, Ind.
Suspended: April 9, 2017

Robertson is going to trial on criminal sexual conduct charges stemming from an April 8th incident. Police say this is not related to the charges against King, Corley, and Vance.

 

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Staff

Mark Dantonio
Mark Dantonio
Hometown: Zanesville, Ohio
Position: Head Coach
Joined in 2007

Curtis Blackwell
Curtis Blackwell

Joined: August 2, 2013
Contract Expired: May 30, 2017
Position: Dir. of College Advancement & Performance.

 

Trustee

Mitch Lyons
Mitch Lyons

January 1, 2011 (8 year term)

Lyons played on the MSU football team from 1988 to 1992. He graduated from MSU with a degree in general business administration. He spent seven years in the NFL.

In June, 2017 Lyons revealed that it was Auston Robertson who alerted coach Mark Dantonio to the sexaul assault allegation that led to three other players being charged. He later apologizes for those comments.