Per The Detroit Free Press, Auston Robertson, a sophomore defensive lineman for the Michigan State Football team has been charged with third degree sexual assault this morning by the Ingham County Prosecutors Office.
The incident reportedly occurred on April 9th, 2017 and is separate from the sexual assault incident that occurred in late January that involved three MSU football players that remain unidentified as well as staff member Curtis Blackwell’s suspension and arrest that occurred in late February.
Coming out of Wayne High School in Fort Wayne, Indiana, Robertson was rated as a four star recruit and was MSU’s second highest rated recruit in their 2016 class behind fellow defensive lineman Josh King.
This is not the first incident involving Robertson who came to East Lansing carrying some baggage with him. On his 2016 signing day, Robertson did not fax in his national letter of intent to the MSU staff. It was later reported that day that Robertson was arrested for ” improperly touching a female classmate” that dated back to October of 2015. The University officially accepted his NLI in late March of 2016.
In his freshman season as a Spartan, Robertson played in seven games tallying three tackles as well as forcing a fumble. Before the incident Robertson was projected to be a huge force in the middle of the defensive line unit for MSU by filling in the gap left by Malik McDowell who left early for the 2017 NFL Draft.
In a statement this afternoon, the Michigan State head football coach Mark Dantonio announced that Robertson has been dismissed from the team.
In the statement Dantonio said:
” The criminal sexual conduct charges announced today against Auston Robertson are of the most serious nature. Sexual assault has no place in our community. While there is an ongoing criminal process, we are extremely disappointed that Auston put himself in the position. He is no longer a member of our football program.”
” Due to the charges he was facing during his recruitment, we took precaution in allowing Auston to be a part of our football program, including a thorough vetting, which we acknowledged publicly at his signing. This was a multiple-step process that continued through his final admission in the summer.”
” Following his arrival on campus, he underwent an extensive educational process with specific prerequisites put in place for his participation as a student- athlete. This included daily supervised sessions within the football program and regular meetings with university staff addressing appropriate behavior and developmental growth. He also successfully completed his one-year diversionary program as directed by the court, which included a 22-week course focused on behavior changes that began in Indiana and was transferred to the state of Michigan ( Prevention and Training Services). Despite these measures, Austin broke our trust and expectations by putting himself in a compromising situation.”
” Our players are representatives not only of themselves and their families, but also Michigan State University, this football program and all of those who support us. We will continue to emphasize and enforce the high standards of integrity, respect and accountability that I have for everyone in this program. We expect all of our players to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the values and principles of this university.”