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EMU athlete charged with criminal sexual conduct

Candice Williams
The Detroit News

An Eastern Michigan University student-athlete has been arraigned on criminal sexual conduct charges in connection with an incident at an Ypsilanti apartment late Friday.

Eli Bronson Burdette, 22, of Ypsilanti was arraigned in 14th District Court on Sunday on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Burdette is accused of sexually assaulting a 20-year-old woman and preventing her from leaving her apartment between 11:30 p.m. Friday and 5:30 a.m. Saturday, according to Lt. Deric Gress with the Ypsilanti Police Department.

The victim reported the incident at 6:39 a.m. Saturday.

Burdette and the woman live in separate units at the Peninsular Place apartments at 1000 N. Huron River Drive, according to police.

According to EMU officials, Burdette, a men’s track and field student-athlete, has been indefinitely suspended from track team practices and competitions pending the outcome of the case.

“(Burdette) will not be returning to campus while the EMU Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards investigates the situation,” officials wrote in the statement.

According to his EMU athlete profile, Burdette competes in throws and is a freshman finance major.

Bond was set at $20,000.

First-degree criminal sexual conduct is punishable by life in prison. Second-degree criminal sexual conduct is punishable up to 15 years in prison.

Burdette returns to court at 8:30 a.m. Nov. 25.

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