The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office has charged three Michigan State football players with sexual assault after allegations on the campus in January.
After an extensive investigation, charges were filed against Joshua J. King, Demetric D. Vance and Donnie L. Corley Jr. in connection to the alleged sexual assault of a woman in an on-campus apartment on January 16.
King is charged with 1 count of 1st degree sexual conduct, 1 count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and 1 count of capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person.
Vance and Corely Jr. are both facing one count of third-degree sexual conduct. Demetric Vance was arraigned on Tuesday.
“The MSU Police Department has zero tolerance for sexual assault,” MSU Police Chief Jim Dunlap said. “I’m confident that this extensive investigation was completed thoroughly, and our detectives worked diligently and exhaustively in providing information to the prosecutor’s office.”
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MSU Coach Mark Dantonio issued the following statement on Tuesday:
“With the criminal sexual conduct charges filed against Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance, I have decided that regardless of the final outcome of the criminal process, these three individuals have been dismissed from our program, effective immediately.
“When we choose student-athletes to come to MSU, we enter into a relationship with them and their families, and we welcome them into ours. We emphasize that success on the field is not enough, as I made clear when all three individuals were suspended four months ago upon us learning of the allegations. They also must embrace our core principles, which include integrity, respect and accountability. The individuals in this case put themselves in a compromising position and did not live up to the standards we have outlined for our program.
“Sexual assault has no place in our community, and I want to share my deep concern for the young woman affected and her family.
“This is an extremely challenging situation that we have taken very seriously and has affected everyone in this program. The high standards I have established for this program will not change, and the values that we teach to everyone in this program will be enforced. I expect all of our players and staff to conduct themselves in a manner that reflect the ideals of this university.”
In February, the three players and a staffer were suspended from the team because of the sexual assault allegation.
According to the prosecutor's office, the staffer who was suspended will not be charged.
Also on Monday afternoon, Jones Day investigations released its internal investigation report for the Michigan State sexual assault allegations.
They found that Head Coach Mark Dantonio handled the situation properly and did no wrongdoing.
This is the second case of sexual assault involving the Michigan State football program.
Auston Robertson, 19, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct on April 21. He's accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him at her apartment on April 8. Robertson was arrested two days later.
"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’re extremely disappointed that Auston put himself in this position. He is no longer a member of our football program," Dantonio said in a statement.