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Ex-Michigan State player pleads guilty in assault case

November 7, 2018

FILE - In this April 1, 2017 file photo, former Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson is shown during an NCAA college football spring scrimmage in East Lansing, Mich. Robertson has pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge and could face more than three years in prison. The Lansing State Journal reports the 21-year-old entered the plea Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2018, to assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration. Michigan State dismissed Robertson from the team following the allegations. (AP Photo/Al Goldis File)

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Former Michigan State football player Auston Robertson has pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge and could face more than three years in prison.

The Lansing State Journal reports the 21-year-old entered the plea Wednesday to one count of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration. Robertson told an Ingham County Circuit Court judge that he assaulted a fellow student in her off-campus apartment in April 2017.

Michigan State dismissed Robertson from the team following the allegations.

Robertson was initially charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and a judge later ruled that prosecutors could cite two previous rape accusations against Robertson during a trial. The school has said it was unaware of the previous sexual assault cases.

He faces up to up to 43 months in prison when sentenced Dec. 4.

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Information from: Lansing State Journal, http://www.lansingstatejournal.com

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