Warrants requested in alleged MSU sex assault involving football players

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The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office announced Thursday it has received warrant requests from the Michigan State University Police Department regarding its investigation into sexual assault allegations against three university football players.

Michigan State suspended three football players and one staff member last week pending the results of the investigation.

The three student-athletes under investigation have been suspended from team activities and removed from on-campus housing pending the conclusion of the police and Title IX investigations.

The Ingham County, Michigan Prosecutor's Office said on Thursday they expect to receive additional information from campus police. This news comes less than 24 hours after the school announced the suspension (with pay) of staffer Curtis Blackwell.

There's even more controversy swirling at MSU: The school's former head gymnastics coach told the mother of a gymnast being seen for back pain that the vaginal penetration to her daughter by Doctor Larry Nassar was a proven medical treatment, according to a civil lawsuit and the daughter's attorney. He had served as trainer for the USA Gymnastics team as well as the MSU women's gymnastics team. In 2015, the U.S. Department of Education concluded an investigation into MSU's handling of sexual assault and relationship violence allegations, which was prompted by complaints against the university.

The university also is conducting a Title IX investigation of the sexual assault allegations. The other is a federal suit against Nassar, the university and other defendants that also alleges Title IX shortcomings. MSU will not tolerate failure to follow established reporting protocols, interference with law enforcement efforts, or lack of cooperation with any Title IX investigation.

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