UPDATE (7/5/2017) – University officials confirm to 6 News that Donnie Corley, Joshua King and Demetric Vance were all kicked out of the school late last month. They’re each facing charges for a reported sexual assault from January. A spokesperson for the school says their dismissal came after an investigation found all 3 men violated the university’s relationship violence and sexual misconduct policy. King, Corley and Vance have all pleaded not guilty.
UPDATE (1:45 p.m.) – There are now four Michigan State Spartan players charged with sexual assault in 2017. Auston Robertson, a former defensive end, was charged with third degree criminal sexual conduct in April. It is alleged that he followed a woman into her apartment and assaulted her. He is free on bond and is scheduled for his preliminary hearing later this month.
UPDATE (10:35 a.m.) – Here is the full text of Michigan State University head football coach Mark Dantonio’s statement regarding today’s charges:
“With the criminal sexual conduct charges filed against Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance, I have decided that regardless of the final outcome of the criminal process, these three individuals have been dismissed from our program, effective immediately.
“When we choose student-athletes to come to MSU, we enter into a relationship with them and their families, and we welcome them into ours. We emphasize that success on the field is not enough, as I made clear when all three individuals were suspended four months ago upon us learning of the allegations. They also must embrace our core principles, which include integrity, respect and accountability. The individuals in this case put themselves in a compromising position and did not live up to the standards we have outlined for our program.
“Sexual assault has no place in our community, and I want to share my deep concern for the young woman affected and her family.
“This is an extremely challenging situation that we have taken very seriously and has affected everyone in this program. The high standards I have established for this program will not change, and the values that we teach to everyone in this program will be enforced. I expect all of our players and staff to conduct themselves in a manner that reflect the ideals of this university.”
UPDATE (10:15 a.m.) – Mark Dantonio has dismissed the three players from the Spartan team, effective immediately. He said, in a statement, “With the criminal sexual conduct charges filed against Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance, I have decided that regardless of the final outcome of the criminal process, these three individuals have been dismissed from our program, effective immediately.”
Joshua King is a defensive lineman who would have been entering his second season playing for the Spartans. He is a native of Illinois. King did log some playing time last year with MSU, appearing in nine games.
Demetric Vance was to begin his sophomore season with Michigan State. He was a defensive back and a Detroit native. Vance did not see any playing time last year.
Donnie Corley is also a Detroit native and was to begin his second season with the Spartans. As a freshman he was second on the team in total reception yardage and third on the team in touchdown receptions. He had a strong freshman year and was named to the Football Writers Association of America’s “Freshman All-American Team”.
MSU spokesman Jason Cody, in a statement, added, “The criminal sexual conduct charges brought today by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office against Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance are deeply disturbing. Sexual violence is abhorrent, and our thoughts are with the young woman and her family at this difficult time.”
EAST LANSING, Mich (WLNS) – Arrest warrants have been issued for three Michigan State University football players in connection with a sexual assault earlier this year.
The Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office has charged Joshua J. King, Demetric D. Vance and Donnie L. Corley Jr. in relation to incident that occurred Jan. 16 on campus.
King (pictured on the right) has been charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of capturing/distributing image of an unclothed person.
Vance (pictured in center) and Corley Jr. (pictured on left) each has been charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.
This story is developing and will be updated online and on 6 News.