Attorney: 3 Michigan St players being charged with assault

  • Attorney: 3 Michigan St players being charged with assault

Attorney: 3 Michigan St players being charged with assault

Three Michigan State football players are facing sexual assault charges, the Ingham County Prosecutor announced on Monday.

Siemon said in her release Monday that the former staff member suspended by the university will not face criminal charges.

News 10 will continue to follow this story and bring you updates as more information becomes available.

Michigan State announced February 9 that three players and a staffer "associated with the football program" had been suspended while the university's police department investigated sexual assault allegations. His contract was not renewed after it expired May 31. The report notes that it found "no evidence" that those leaders "attempted to impede, cover up, or obstruct the Office of Institutional Equity's (OIE's) investigation into the underlying incidents".

That same report also talked about any possible involvement of Dantonio maybe having knowledge of the situation. In February, three MSU football players were suspended from all team activities and removed from on-campus housing while waiting for the results of an investigation by MSU Police. "So that takes all those issues off the board with respect to coach Dantonio and the team that is now there".

Simon said Dantonio's handling of the sexual assaults was "above reproach" and all current senior members of the football staff complied with university regulations in reporting the incident to proper authorities. Durojaiye informed Dantonio that OIE would contact the reporting player to conduct an interview. The prosecutor's office typically does not release the names of those charged with crimes until they have been arraigned. However, Siemon's office said Blackwell will not be charged. The allegations against the former staffer "did not concern any allegation of criminal sexual conduct".

The names of the players are not being released at this time.

According to a statement from board chairman Brian Breslin, the board and university superiors have "ultimate confidence" in both Dantonio and Hollis moving forward, sending a message that they approve of their handling of the numerous off-field situations surrounding the football program this off-season.

The case was investigated by the Michigan State University Police Department.