MSU police complete football sex assault investigation

LANSING, MICH. - Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon has received follow-up reports from Michigan State University police in the continued investigation of reported sex assaults involving MSU football players, according to a news release.

Officials are reviewing the reports before deciding whether to file charges. A decision is not expected today, Siemon wrote in an email.

Michigan State University announced Feb. 9 that three unnamed football players had been suspended while sexual assault investigations related to an on-campus incident in January were being investigated. The three players were removed from campus housing but allowed to remain in classes and on their scholarships.

The university also suspended a staff member associated with the football team and started an investigation of the football program's compliance with university policy, which is being led by an outside law firm. The university's internal Title IX investigation is being led by an outside consultant. The players have been suspended from the team but have not been named.

MSU later confirmed that Curtis Blackwell, the football program's director of college advancement and performance and someone who plays a key role in recruiting strategy, had been suspended with pay, but declined to discuss the circumstances surrounding the suspension or to say whether it was related to the reported sexual assault.

The university has confirmed that head coach Mark Dantonio and his assistant coaches are not suspended and remain full-time university employees.

MSU police first forwarded warrant requests to prosecutors last month, but Siemon sent the case back for further investigation.

Siemon said at the time that detectives "have conducted a thorough and professional investigation " but she wanted "additional information and evidence" from police before making a decision on charges.

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