MSU dismisses King, Corley, Vance after sexual assault charges

Posted June 11, 2017

Three Michigan State University football players were dismissed from the team on Tuesday, shortly after a judge issued arrest warrants for them on sexual assault charges.

Arrests warrants signed Tuesday by an Ingham County judge name Donnie Corley, Demetric Vance and Josh King. King was additionally charged with first-degree criminal sexual assault and a third-degree charge of capturing and distributing an image of an unclothed person.

Corley, who was charged Tuesday with charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct for his role in a Jan. 16 incident, made an immediate impact a year ago after enrolling in January 2016 as the state's top high school player that year and one of the nation's best wide receivers out of Detroit Martin Luther King High.

The three players are accused of sexually assaulting a woman at an on-campus apartment in the early hours of January 16, 2017.

Police say King pulled a young woman into the bathroom and raped her before inviting Corley and Vance into the room.

The version of events offered by Lyons mirrors that detailed by the Jones Day report, an external law firm investigation commissioned by Michigan State to investigate whether Michigan State staff members complied with school policy in regards to the alleged incident.

On Wednesday, Lyons, a Michigan State trustee and former player, said the player who brought the incident to Dantonio's attention was Robertson.

Spartans head coach Mark Dantonio released three players charged with sexual assault from the program. Nonetheless, Dantonio suspected the reporting player was a potential witness to an incident that could implicate the University's RVSM policy.

A third defendant, Demetric Vance, was arraigned yesterday.

Police also found a text message conversation between the three and another unnamed player indicating their involvement in the assault, Davis said.

The three defendants had already been suspended indefinitely and were pushed out of university housing in February after the school learned about the allegation.

"Our office also reviewed charges against an individual who previously worked for the Michigan State University football program", Siemon said in the statement.

"I would say previous year, if you came up here to talk, we probably were on the cusp of being exactly what you want in major college football", Dantonio said. "This is just one more step along the way", Truszkowski said. "This did not concern any allegation of criminal sexual conduct".

"When Auston Robertson came into his office for a regular weekly meeting, Coach D asked the regular questions he typically asks him, and then he became a little emotional and didn't even go into details", Lyons said during the interview. "He maintains that, in fact, he is innocent, and we intend to demonstrate that in the coming proceedings". "You do the math, I guess".