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Investigation continues into Michigan State University football players

Posted: 5:48 PM, Feb 16, 2017
Updated: 2017-02-16 23:35:57Z

The Ingham County Prosecutor is requesting additional investigation and evidence in a sexual assault case that also led to three Michigan State University football team players to be suspended.

It is not known how much longer this would take but the Prosecutor has said a decision on charges would be made soon after.

A female student came forward with allegations in late January.

The 3 players who have not been named were suspended on February 9. They were moved out of their campus housing but remain in class. A football team staffer was also suspended but not named.

Then on Tuesday, University officials announced that Curtis Blackwell - the team Director of College Advancement and Performance and a recruiter - was suspended with pay, but did not say he was the staffer suspended earlier.

Students are concerned about the timeline in the case and are concerned team players might have been given preferential treatment.

The University has hired a consultant to conduct a Federal Title IX investigation to determine if procedures were followed regarding student relationship violence and sexual misconduct.

Michigan State University Police are conducting the sexual assault investigation and had taken their initial reports to the Prosecutor earlier in the day.