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Three MSU football players named after being charged with sexual assault

Three MSU football players named after being charged with sexual assault

The prosecutor's office typically does not release the names of those charged with crimes until they have been arraigned. Corley and Vance are both charged with third-degree sexual assault.

Demetric Vance and Joshua King are accused of sexually assaulting a woman at a party in an on-campus apartment in January, according to campus police.

Nearly immediately after the charges were announced, Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio announced that Corley, King and Vance were dismissed from the program. Corley, 19, is a receiver from Detroit. King, a sophomore defensive end, was expected to start this season.

The school released the report from Jones Day, the law firm Michigan State retained to investigate independently whether football staffers complied with university policy in connection with the sexual assault allegations.

Auston Robertson was the unnamed player that reported three of his ex-teammates to MSU football head coach Mark Dantonio for allegedly raping a woman at a party on January 16, according to MSU Board of Trustees member Mitch Lyons.

In a statement, university head coach Mark Dantonio said: 'I have decided that regardless of the final outcome of the criminal process, these three individuals have been dismissed from our program, effective immediately'.

The three men were dismissed from the Michigan State football program on Tuesday.




- New questions have been raised over the videos of the sexual assault involving three MSU football players, allegedly recorded on one of their phones. The university's police department said it had conducted the investigation that led to charges being filed.

After signing Robertson, Dantonio said: "Given all the information available to us, we believe Auston should be provided with an opportunity to begin his education and playing career at Michigan State". Now, it appears that they have more serious matters to tend to that extend beyond playing football.

Robertson's attorney, David Rosenberg of Southfield, told MLive today that he could neither confirm nor deny any role his client played in reporting the alleged January incident.

A third defendant, Demetric Vance, was arraigned yesterday.

"After charges were announced, we took brief and immediate action", Spartans Athletic Director Mark Hollis said in a Tuesday press conference. "As appropriately noted by Prosecutor Siemon in her statement, the charge is only an accusation and Mr. Corley is presumed to be innocent".

"The MSU Police Department has zero tolerance for sexual assault", MSU Police Chief Jim Dunlap said. Dantonio and other senior leaders on the football team did not violate the school's relationship, violence and misconduct policy.

But an attorney for the alleged victim said the university's investigation did not address problems with the culture at the football program.


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