Three football players for Michigan State University received arrest warrants for alleged sexual assault of a woman at an on-campus apartment on January 16. Joshua J. King, 19, was charged by a court with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree capturing and distributing an image of an unclothed person. In addition, King, Demetric D. Vance, 20, and Donnie L. Corley Jr., 19, were all charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
 
Head coach Mark Dantonio said that the players “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.” 
 
According to testimony provided by a detective, King yanked the woman into a restroom and forced to perform oral sex. He then raped her. Corley and Vance also forced the woman to perform oral sex on them. The trio was dismissed from the MSU football team on Tuesday. They were suspended from the team after the accusations began to circulate.
 
Police released the following statement:
 
After the Michigan State University Police Department completed a criminal investigation, the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office has charged Joshua J. King, Demetric D. Vance and Donnie L. Corley Jr. for their involvement in an incident that occurred Jan. 16 on campus.
 
King faces one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of capturing/distributing image of an unclothed person. Vance and Corley Jr. have each been charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
 
The charges were authorized by the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office in June 5 and Ingham County District Court judge Richard Ball signed the arrest warrants for the men on June 6.
 
The prosecutor's office authorized the charges June 5, and an Ingham County District Court judge signed arrest warrants June 6.
 
"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."
 
The department says MSU Police detectives spent more than 1, 500 hours on the investigation and conducted more than 100 interviews and contacts.
 

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Spero News writer Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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