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Michigan State player charged with criminal sexual conduct

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Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio speaks during an NCAA college football news conference at Spartan Stadium in East Lansing Mich. Michigan State will play a spring football game Saturday. The question is Why

Police submitted arrest warrant requests Thursday afternoon to the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office following a sexual assault investigation involving a Michigan State football player.

Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio announced last week that a player connected with an April 9 assault investigation in Meridian Township had been suspended from the team but did not identify Robertson at the time. He played seven games as a true freshman for the Spartans last fall and made three tackles. "That player was immediately suspended on Sunday from all team activities as soon as we were notified of the situation", Dantonio said. The maximum prison sentence for third-degree criminal sexual conduct in MI is 15 years.

He is the fourth Michigan State football player suspended amid sexual assault allegations this year.

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Robertson previously was charged with misdemeanor battery in January 2016 for allegedly improperly touching a female student the previous October at his high school in Fort Wayne, Ind. However, he had legal issues in IN that delayed his signing. The players have been suspended from the team, and a staffer is on paid leave for an investigation into how the case has been handled. Director of College Advancement and Performance Curtis Blackwell is now suspended but Michigan State will not say if that's because of the sex-assault investigation.

The charges were sworn in 55th District Court earlier today by Meridian Township Police, who are conducting the investigation. All extra evidentiary materials prosecutors asked for have been turned in, and they're in the process of making a charging decision.

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