Former Michigan State football player Auston Robertson pleads guilty to sexual assault

Former Michigan State football player Auston Robertson pleaded guilty Wednesday in Ingham County (Mich.) Circuit Court to sexually assaulting a fellow student last year in an off-campus incident, the Lansing State Journal reported. 

Robertson, 21, could face more than three years in jail after admitting in a plea deal to assaulting the woman, 20, in her apartment in 2017. He had faced up to 15 years in prison on a more serious charge. Sentencing is scheduled for Dec. 4.

Robertson was dismissed from the Michigan State team after his arrest, based on the woman’s boyfriend — an MSU teammate of Robertson’s — alerting a coach to the allegations that were passed along to police.

Following his dismissal, Robertson played football at Garden City (Kan.) Community College after his bond conditions were modified. His bond subsequently was revoked after he was arrested in connection with an alleged armed robbery in Garden City.

Robertson previously was accused of rape, stemming from alleged incidents in 2013, ’14 and ’15. Prosecutors were allowed to admit as evidence two of those accusations and a part of the third because the allegations were similar to what the female Michigan Student reported.

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