Michigan State DL charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct

The Ingham County Prosecutor announced on Friday that Michigan State defensive lineman Auston Robertson was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The charge stemmed from an April 9 incident in Meridian Township.

According to MLive.com, the assault occurred when Robertson walked a friend to her apartment door following a party. He sexually assaulted her while his girlfriend waited in the car, according to Meridian Township Police (via MLive.com).

After the coaching staff originally heard about the incident on April 9, Robertson was suspended.

Robertson didn’t sign with MSU on National Signing Day last year because of an incident in which he inappropriately touched a female classmate at his high school in Fort Wayne. He faced a misdemeanor battery charge.

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The four-star defensive lineman was, however, allowed to enter a diversionary program and sign with the Spartans the following month. Robertson had the charge dropped a month ago after satisfying the terms of the program.

The latest charge was not related to the ongoing sexual assault investigation involving three MSU players and an assistant. That alleged incident occurred in January and the names of the parties involved still haven’t been made public.

In seven games in his freshman season, Robertson made three tackles and forced one fumble.

MSU has yet to comment on the charge.

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