Prosecutor Will Soon Charge 3 MSU Players With Sexual Assault

  • Prosecutor Will Soon Charge 3 MSU Players With Sexual Assault

Prosecutor Will Soon Charge 3 MSU Players With Sexual Assault

An external investigation into Michigan State's response to two allegations of sexual assault involving four football players found that a football staff member violated the university's Relationship Violence & Sexual Misconduct (RVSM) policy.

In February, MSU police requested an arrest warrant from the Ingham County Prosecutor's office for felony Obstruction of Justice. The athletes are accused of sexually assaulting a woman in an East Lansing apartment on campus. The prosecutor's office does not typically release the names of those charged with crimes until they have been arraigned.

Blackwell, however, did become aware of the matter after speaking to all three unnamed football players involved in the sexual assault claim, and failed to report this knowledge to school officials or the police. Former staffer Curtis Blackwell was sacked after an investigation found that he violated the university's relationship violence and sexual misconduct policy.

"Our office also reviewed charges against an individual who previously worked for the Michigan State University football program", the statement read.

The Title IX investigation has also been completed and is now moving through MSU's student conduct system.

Former football staffer Curtis Blackwell's contract wasn't renewed at the end of May. "That takes all those issues off the board with respect to coach Dantonio and the team that is now there". In addition, one member of the football staff declined to be interviewed. University president Lou Anna K. Simon said the board did not discuss his conduct during Monday's meeting because he was no longer a university employee.

Blackwell, who was in charge of recruiting, had been suspended with pay until last week, and Michigan State confirmed on Monday the suspension was in relation to the sexual assault case.

"Coach Dantonio handled this with the utmost integrity and swiftness", Simon said. The names of the three players have remained undisclosed to the public since then as Siemon and her staff continued to collect any and all information and evidence to aid in their investigation. That warrant was not for a football player.