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Police arrest former Michigan State football player Auston Robertson

Posted: 1:38 PM, Apr 23, 2017
Updated: 2017-04-23 17:39:16Z

Meridian Township police have located and arrested former Michigan State University football player Auston Robertson after he was charged with sexual assault earlier this week.

Police had been looking for the 19-year-old, who is charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct , but said on Sunday he was arrested.

He's accused of forcing a woman to have sex with him at her apartment on April 8.

Michigan State Head Coach Mark Dantonio issued this statement after the charges were announced Friday.

"The criminal sexual conduct charges announced today against Auston Robertson are of the most serious nature," Dantonio said. "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."

This investigation is separate from the other investigation where t hree players and a staffer were suspended due to a sexual assault probe in January.

Robertson played in seven games last season as a freshman. He signed with the Spartans in 2016, but Michigan State did not announce until late March of that year — weeks after signing day — that it had accepted his letter of intent. Robertson had been a defendant in a battery case in Indiana.

When the Spartans did welcome him into their signing class, Dantonio said Robertson had been accepted into a pretrial diversionary program and needed to continue to satisfy those requirements. That case was officially dismissed last month.

"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," Dantonio said. "This was a multiple-step process that continued through his final admission in the summer."

Dantonio went into detail Friday about some of the conditions put on Robertson after he arrived on campus.

"This included daily supervised sessions within the football program and regular meetings with university staff addressing appropriate behavior and developmental growth," Dantonio said. "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, Auston broke our trust and expectations by putting himself in a compromising situation."