Warrants sought in sexual assault investigation involving Michigan State player

Police submitted arrest warrant requests Thursday afternoon to the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office following a sexual assault investigation involving a Michigan State football player.

A spokesman for the Meridian Township Police Department said his office submitted a report about the alleged assault that occurred on April 9 and won't be able to comment further until the prosecutor's office decides whether or not to pursue criminal charges.

The accused player has not yet been identified, but Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio issued a statement last week saying the team was aware of the investigation and the player in question has been suspended. He is the fourth Michigan State football player suspended amid sexual assault allegations this year.

"That player was immediately suspended on Sunday from all team activities as soon as we were notified of the situation," Dantonio said. "We will continue to educate and enforce high standards for the program. I expect all of our players to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the values and principles of Michigan State University. This investigation is an ongoing process. It is not appropriate at this time for me to comment further on this matter."

In February, the team suspended three other players and a football staffer in connection to a separate incident that occurred in an on-campus apartment in January. None of those players have been identified. The university has confirmed that recruiting director Curtis Blackwell is the only football staff member currently under suspension, but would not say if his suspension was related to the sexual assault allegations.

Michigan State University Police requested four arrest warrants from the prosecutor on Feb. 16 after investigating the incident. Three of the warrants were for sexual crimes and the fourth was for a nonsexual crime during their investigation. The prosecutor's office has yet to make a decision on whether or not it will charge any of those players with a crime. A spokesman from that office said there was no deadline for the prosecutor to make a decision.