Former MSU football players sentenced in sex assault case

Posted at 8:07 AM, Jun 06, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-06 12:25:14-04

Three former Michigan State University football players who pleaded guilty in a sexual assault case were sentenced to 36 months probation in court on Wednesday morning.

Donnie Corley Jr., Demetric Vance and Josh King all pleaded guilty to the lesser charged of seduction of an unmarried woman.

Originally, King was charged with first degree criminal sexual conduct, third degree criminal sexual conduct and capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person.

Vance and Corley were both charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct.

The three were all involved in the alleged rape of a woman in a bathroom at an on-campus party in January 2017. The victim told police about the assault three days later.

"The victim said that (Joshua) King eventually pulled her into a bathroom," Michigan State University detective Chad Davis testified today. "King tried to get the victim to have sex with him. The victim said she told King she did not want to."

King initially denied having sexual contact with anyone at the party, which took place at University Villa Apartments. He later admitted he had sexual contact with the victim at the party. 

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"(The victim) said King forced her to perform oral sex on him," Davis said. "The victim stated she told King she did not want to do anything else. The victim said King pulled her pants down and penetrated her vaginally with his penis."

Both Demetric Vance and Donnie Corley were allegedly then invited into the bathroom by King, where the victim said she was forced to perform oral sex on them. 

 A search of King's phone later revealed a group text message between King, Corley, Vance and another MSU football player "indicating involvement in the assault by King, Corley and Vance," Davis said.

The search of the phone also produced a video of the alleged assault.

Both Corley and Vance repeatedly denied having intimate or sexual contact with anyone at the party before each changed his story - admitting to receiving oral sex from a female in the bathroom.

Officers say Vance positively identified the victim in a photograph to police.

"The victim advised she never gave consent to being recorded," Davis said. "(She) was unaware any such activity was taking place during the sexual assault."