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Friday, April 21, 2017 12:10 pm

Free Press: Robertson charged in Mich. sex-misconduct case

The Journal Gazette

Former Wayne football standout Auston Robertson has been charged with third-degree sexual criminal misconduct in Michigan in connection with an April 9 incident, the Detroit Free Press has reported.

Robertson, 19, a freshman defensive lineman for Michigan State, was charged by Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon in the 55th District Court in Mason, Michigan, according to the newspaper.

Meridian Township police conducted the investigation.

Last week, university president Lou Anna K. Simon had said a fourth player on the football team had been suspended from the team. That player is now identified as Robertson.

The matter is separate from the ongoing investigation into the three other suspended players and a staff member, the Free Press said.

A third-degree sexual conduct charge relates to alleged non-consensual sexual penetration with force or coercion, the victim being incapacitated or other factors.

Robertson was arrested in January 2016 on a misdemeanor battery charge in connection with an October 2015 incident at Wayne. That charge was dropped March 22 after he fulfilled the terms of a diversionary program.

Robertson played seven games as a true freshman for the Spartans in 2016. He made three tackles and forced a fumble. He also appeared in the April 1 spring game.