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Three ex-MSU football players sentenced to probation in sexual assault case

June 6, 2018
<p>Joshua King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance face Judge Rosemarie Aquilina during the pretrial conference on April 4, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Courthouse in Lansing.</p>

Joshua King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance face Judge Rosemarie Aquilina during the pretrial conference on April 4, 2018 at Veterans Memorial Courthouse in Lansing.

Photo by Sylvia Jarrus | The State News

Three former MSU football players, who each accepted a plea deal to seduction in a sexual assault case, were sentenced on Wednesday to 36 months of probation and ordered to receive sex offender treatment.

Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance were ordered by Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina to complete 100 hours of community service and a 365-day suspended jail sentence if they violate their probation. 

Aquilina also ordered them to stay off of Tinder and similar dating apps, but didn't ban them from any other form of social media. 

Corley and Vance had been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and could have faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted. King faced one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and capturing an image of an unclothed person. He would have faced up to life in prison if convicted.

The three ex-MSU football players were involved in the alleged sexual assault and recording of an unclothed woman at a party in January 2017.

At the sentencing, attorney Karen Truszkowski read a victim-impact statement on behalf of the woman who was allegedly sexually assaulted by the three men.


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The woman reported to MSU Police that King invited her to go to speak somewhere quiet during the party, then pulled her into a bathroom and forced her to perform oral and vaginal sex. Police found that King recorded himself having sex with the woman.

Vance's attorney, Mary Chartier, said Vance did not rape anyone that night.

Corley's attorney, John Shea, also said he thought "characterizing these gentlemen as rapists is wrong."

At one point, Aquilina asked Corley if he understood that he needs to respect women and that what he did was wrong.

She sentenced all three to 36 months of probation and ordered them to undergo sex offender treatment. She also granted them status under the Michigan's Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, or HYTA. Under the act, they won't be required to register as sex offenders if they refrain from violating their probation. 

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