Police release report on Michigan State football sexual assault probe

Three players have been kicked off the team and out of school after the investigations were completed

EAST LANSING, MICH. - More than 100 witnesses, including a number of athletes and coaches, were interviewed in the sexual assault investigation involving three former Michigan State football players, according to a 225-page report released today by university police.

The four-month probe that began in January resulted in charges in June against Donnie Corley, Josh King and Demetric Vance. MSU Police released the heavily redacted report in response to a Freedom of Information Act by the Lansing State Journal.

More than a dozen football players, as well as eight men’s basketball players and nine women’s basketball team members, were interviewed by police about the party at the on-campus University Village apartment where a woman alleges she was sexually assaulted in the early-morning hours of Jan. 16 by Corley, King and Vance. All of MSU’s football coaching staff also was interviewed.

“The MSUPD’s sexual assault investigation involving three former football players was diligent and exhaustive,” university spokesman Jason Cody said. “As the police report shows, our detectives and officers pursued every lead available during their investigation.”

King, 19, is charged with one count of first degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of third degree criminal sexual conduct, as well as with capturing an image of an unclothed person. He faces up to life in prison if convicted.

Corley, 19, and Vance, 20, both of Detroit, are charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct. They each face up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

The three players are scheduled to have their preliminary examinations in East Lansing 54-B District Court on Sept. 21.

Police interviewed King on Jan. 24 and searched his dorm room a day later after 54-B District Court Judge Richard Ball granted a warrant request. King was again interviewed by MSU Police on Jan. 26, when his phone was seized for evidence.

Search warrants were not issued for Corley and Vance until Feb. 6. Both were detained but not arrested two days later, and MSU Police informed them they were under investigation in the sexual assault case. Their cell phones also were seized by police.

A number of the witnesses interviewed were identified by surveillance footage from University Village apartments. Police collected DNA samples and seized computers, iPads, cellular telephones, clothing and shoes as evidence.

Corley, King and Vance were suspended from the football program on Feb. 9 and dismissed from the program the day charges were filed against them June 6. All three were expelled from MSU for violations of the university's policy against relationship violence and sexual misconduct policy.

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Contact Chris Solari: csolari@freepress.com. Follow him on Twitter @chrissolari.

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