The Michigan State University Police Department requested four arrest warrants from the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office Thursday. In a phone call with ICPO spokesperson Scott Hughes Thursday evening, isportsweb has learned that three of the warrant requests are for sexual assault and one is for obstructing an investigation.
Hughes confirmed to isportsweb that all three sexual assault warrant requests were from one incident and that the person being investigated for obstructing an investigation is an MSU staff member.
“The three were all related to one incident,” Hughes said. “The non-sexual one is a charge related to the investigation. The person who is involved is an MSU staff member – obstructing an investigation.”
When asked if the three sexual assault arrest warrant requests were all of a similar nature, Hughes deferred to the prosecutor.
“If you’re talking about what degree [of criminal sexual conduct] it is, that’s a decision that will ultimately have to be made by the prosecutor.”
Although he wasn’t willing to discuss the details of this case, Hughes was willing to discuss criminal sexual conduct charges (CSC), in general, making it clear that these examples are unrelated to the Michigan State University case:
“Even within degrees, there are different levels of CSC charges. It could be first [degree] with certain circumstances. CSC cases have multiple different circumstances that could be charged along with that – like if a weapon is used or if there is an assault or if the victim is of a certain age. It’s not just a question of first, second, third, fourth. Ultimately, it’s up to the prosecutor.”
Asked for clarification if any of those circumstances are present in this investigation, Hughes responded: “What we’ve released now is that it is an investigation of an alleged sexual assault incident.”
Earlier Thursday, Ingham County Prosecuting Attorney Carol Siemon requested “additional information and evidence” from the Michigan State University Police Department before her office makes a decision on charges in the case.
“Upon the review of those materials, I will determine a charging decision in this matter,” Siemon said in a statement, without giving a timeline for a decision.
What we now know:
- On Wednesday, MSU confirmed that Curtis Blackwell had been suspended with pay, but would not discuss details of the suspension.
- MSU announced that three football players were suspended while sexual assault investigations were being investigated. MSU suspended a football staff member at the same time as the football players were suspended.
- The incident occurred on campus in January.
- The three unidentified football players were evicted from campus housing but are allowed to attend classes.
- No other football program-related employees have been suspended.