Robertson in custody after sex crime charge filed

Michigan State dismissed sophomore DE Auston Robertson after he was charged with criminal sexual assault.

The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office said the criminal investigation is complete.

The Associated Press sent an email seeking comment Friday from Robertson, who hasn't been arraigned.

Former Michigan State University football player Auston Robertson has been arrested according to police.

The alleged incident is separate from the ongoing sexual assault investigation involving three other unnamed Michigan State players and an assistant coach, believed to be Curtis Blackwell, the team's director of college advancement and performance. Robertson has a felony warrant for Criminal Sexual Conduct.

Robertson was a candidate to start along the defensive line after recording three tackles and forcing a fumble as a reserve last season. Robertson had been a defendant in a battery case in Indiana. In a statement, Spartans HC Mark Dantonio said, "Sexual assault has no place in our community". The University officially accepted his NLI in late March of 2016. There was no immediate word when or where he was taken into custody. This included daily supervised sessions within the football program and regular meetings with university staff addressing appropriate behavior and developmental growth. "Despite these measures, Auston broke our trust and expectations by putting himself in a compromising situation".

Three unidentified players have been serving suspensions since February 9 in relation to an alleged sexual assault on January 16. All extra evidentiary materials prosecutors asked for have been turned in, and they're in the process of making a charging decision.

  • Stacy Allen