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MSU football's Auston Robertson charged with criminal sexual conduct

April 21, 2017
Head coach Mark Dantonio walks back to the sidelines after talking with the team during a time out during the game against Michigan on Oct. 29, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans were defeated by the Wolverines, 32-23.
Head coach Mark Dantonio walks back to the sidelines after talking with the team during a time out during the game against Michigan on Oct. 29, 2016 at Spartan Stadium. The Spartans were defeated by the Wolverines, 32-23. —
Photo by Carly Geraci | and Carly Geraci The State News

Update 4:35 p.m.

MSU football head coach Mark Dantonio released a statement regarding Auston Robertson's charges. Dantonio said Robertson is no longer a part of the program and the charges announced today are "of the most serious nature."

Dantonio's full statement can be found below:


Update: 11:27 a.m.

Scott Hughes, an Ingham County Prosecutor's Office spokesperson, said he could not comment on the case as the evidence could be brought up in court later.

Hughes did, however, confirm the Robertson charges are related to the ones in Meridian Township, as reported by The State News last week.


The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office announced April 21 it has filed charges against Auston Robertson, a member of the MSU football team. He will be charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The charges were sworn in 55th District Court by Meridian Township police, who are conducting the investigation.

Robertson's charges are not related to the three MSU football players currently under investigation for an alleged sexual assault.

On National Signing Day in 2016, Robertson faced misdemeanor criminal battery charges, after being arrested on Jan. 13, 2016.

He later went on to sign his Letter of Intent to MSU March 30, 2016.

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