LANSING, Mich. (WILX) – A former MSU football player, Auston Robertson, was in court Tuesday for a pretrial conference in relation to a sexual assault charge.

He is accused of raping a girl after a party on April 8, 2017. He is charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

The pre-trial date was set for May 2 at 10:30am.

In June of 2017, MSU trustee Mitch Lyons reveled that Auston Robertson was the player who alerted Coach Mark Dantonio to the sexual assault allegation that led to three other players being charged. Lyons shares this information during an interview on sports radio show The Huge Show:

“When Auston Robertson came into his office for a regular weekly meeting you know Coach D asked the regular questions he typically asked him and then he became a little emotional and didn’t even go into details, he just alluded to the fact that something happened and Coach D had a sense that it involved some sort of sexual allegation and he immediately said, ‘Hey, don’t say anything more.’ He called the OIE office, got the appropriate person involved.”

Lyons later apologized for naming Robertson.

The three other players, were charged after a criminal investigation by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office; they are Joshua J. King, Demetric D. Vance and Donnie L. Corley Junior.
This is involving a different sexual assault incident that occurred January 16 on campus.

Robertson faces up to 15-years in prison if convicted.

The hearing is scheduled for 2 p.m. on Tuesday.

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