MSUPD submits warrant requests for alleged MSU football investigation

Posted February 17, 2017

The Ingham County Prosecutor released a statement on the warrant requests submitted by the Michigan State University Police Department.

The Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney's Office expects to make a decision on whether to charge three MSU football players in connection with a sexual assault investigation "in the short-term future", prosecutors said.

Michigan State football staff member Curtis Blackwell has been suspended with pay.

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The three student-athletes under investigation have been suspended from team activities and removed from on-campus housing pending the conclusion of the police and Title IX investigations. The school also announced then it was going to open its own Title IX investigation, in addition to hiring an independent law firm to look further into the football team and their handling of all situations. The university's internal Title IX investigation is being led by an outside Title IX consultant.

The university also confirmed that Mark Dantonio and his assistant coaches are not suspended and remain full-time university employees. MSU has been proactive in education and prevention efforts and is strongly committed to fostering an environment that encourages sexual assault reporting and supports victims.

Nassar, a former MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting dozens of athletes over several decades. Michigan State declined to say whether the ban was related to the assault investigation. The university also announced it will investigate the program's compliance with school policy. MSU will not tolerate failure to follow established reporting protocols, interference with law enforcement efforts, or lack of cooperation with any Title IX investigation.