Report on MSU sex assault probe could come next week

Matt Charboneau

East Lansing — A final report from the Michigan State University Police investigating sexual assault charges against three student-athletes could come early next week, according to the Ingham County Prosecutor’s office.

Chief Assistant Prosecutor Lisa McCormick said on Friday that their office has not received the final report from university police and that it was likely to be completed sometime next week, at which point the prosecutor’s office will make its determination whether or not charges will be filed.

Michigan State announced on Thursday in a press release that campus police are investigating allegations of sexual assault by three student-athletes while the university is also conducting a Title IX investigation of the sexual assault allegations. The university has also retained an external law firm to conduct an independent investigation into football program staff members’ compliance with university policy and said one staff member associated with the football program has been suspended by the Athletics Department pending the completion of that investigation.

The three student-athletes, who were not identified in the release, have been suspended from team activities and removed from on-campus housing pending conclusion of police and Title IX investigations.

“We have a strong athletics program at MSU, one based on values, traditions, and an understanding that as Spartans we are part of something bigger,” athletics director Mark Hollis said in a statement. “Our promise to current and future student-athletes and to the entire Spartan community is to take the steps necessary, based on the facts determined through thorough review, to run this program according to the highest values and standards.”

Also on Friday, the attorney representing the alleged victim in the case said she believes arrests will be made once university police complete their investigation.

Karen Truszkowski, who is representing the accuser, said she has been communicating closely with Michigan State University Police as well as the Title IX investigator since she began working with the victim and her family nearly two weeks ago.

“I can tell you that once the investigation is finished that arrests will likely be imminent,” Truszkowski said. “There will be arrests made and they are working with the prosecutor’s office. I have been in contact with the Michigan state University Police Department and with the Title IX investigator. We are cooperating with them and helping them, providing them with whatever information that they need.

“I’m comfortable that they are doing everything that they need to do and the investigation is going as well as it can be under the circumstances.”

Truszkowski didn’t want to give details on her client, only asking that people, “Please respect her privacy and her family’s privacy.”

This is the second high-profile investigation of sexual assault at Michigan State as fired doctor Larry Nassar is facing civil lawsuits from more than two dozen former athletes who say they were assaulted during treatments from Nassar during his time with the University and with USA Gymnastics.

At least 20 females are suing Nassar, who they say assaulted them under the guise of treatment. The claims span 20 years and the accusers ranged in age from 9-29.