Rape case involving MSU basketball player goes to AG’s office

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East Lansing, Mich. (WLNS)– Michigan State University Police Captain Doug Monette confirmed to 6 News that the case involving an MSU basketball player was sent to the office of the Attorney General.

According to a report from ESPN, the player, who is not being identified by 6 News, is accused of raping a woman on Jan. 19 while she was too intoxicated to consent.

MSU Police referred the case to county prosecutors, who declined to file charges this month.

In an email, Ingham County Prosecutor Carol A. Siemon wrote,

We believe that every complaint of sexual assault should be investigated and that every investigation should be reviewed by a prosecutor. In this case, the reported offense was thoroughly investigated by the MSU Police Department and submitted to our office. It was reviewed by a team of prosecutors, each of whom has specialized training and experience in sexual assault prosecution.

It was the consensus of our prosecution team that the case could not be proven in court as required under law. As the County Prosecutor, ultimately I am the official who reports directly to the people of Ingham County. I have determined that the case does not meet the burden of proof that we must present to a jury.

The AG’s office requested the case on Friday and the MSU Police Dept. sent it over that same day.

According to an MSU spokesperson, the player was suspended from the basketball team in mid-January.  The university did not wish to comment on the case further at this time.

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