Names of three Michigan State players facing sexual assault charges released
Finally, Michigan State’s unnamed players facing sexual assault charges were named.
Donnie Corley, Josh King and Demetric Vance were all charged with sexual assault for their roles in an alleged Jan. 16 incident in an East Lansing apartment.
On Tuesday morning, third degree arrest warrants for criminal sexual conduct were released in 54-B District Court.
MSU announced that all three players were dismissed from the team.
Mark Dantonio dismisses King, Corley and Vance
— Chris Solari (@chrissolari) June 6, 2017
The identities of the players remained a secret during the investigation because charges had not been pressed yet. MSU did suspend Corley, King and Vance on Feb. 9 upon hearing of the ongoing investigation. Those charges were authorized on Monday.
The three MSU players could face up to 15 years in prison if they are found guilty of third degree criminal sexual misconduct.
All three of them came to MSU as four-star recruits.
King was the highest-rated MSU recruit in the 2016 class as the top-ranked player in Illinois. Corley came in and played at both receiver and cornerback as a true freshman. Vance, a former Cass Tech (Detroit) star receiver, was also a four-star recruit in 2016 after earning a U.S. Army All-American Bowl bid.
Mark Dantonio released a statement on the decision to dismiss all three Michigan State players:
“With the criminal sexual conduct charges filed against Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance, I have decided that regardless of the final outcome of the criminal process, these three individuals have been dismissed from our program, effective immediately.
“When we choose student-athletes to come to MSU, we enter into a relationship with them and their families, and we welcome them into ours. We emphasize that success on the field is not enough, as I made clear when all three individuals were suspended four months ago upon us learning of the allegations. They also must embrace our core principles, which include integrity, respect and accountability. The individuals in this case put themselves in a compromising position and did not live up to the standards we have outlined for our program.
“Sexual assault has no place in our community, and I want to share my deep concern for the young woman affected and her family.
“This is an extremely challenging situation that we have taken very seriously and has affected everyone in this program. The high standards I have established for this program will not change, and the values that we teach to everyone in this program will be enforced. I expect all of our players and staff to conduct themselves in a manner that reflect the ideals of this university.”