Michigan State basketball freshman Brock Washington has been under investigation for criminal sexual conduct since the start of the fall semester, according to a report from Outside the Lines’ Paula Lavigne.
Washington, a walk-on from Southfield, Michigan, has not played in a game this season.
Prosecutors in Ingham County, Michigan are considering filing formal charges against Washington, who is named as the lone suspect in an alleged assault classified as fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct by Michigan State campus police, according to the report.
A female Michigan State student told police in August that Washington forcibly groped her without permission, according to the report. An investigation ensued, and police forwarded their findings to the county prosecutor’s office Dec. 13, but a police report has not been released publicly.
No Michigan State officials commented on the report.
The university has come under fire for its alleged mishandling of sexual assault by former physician Larry Nassar, who has been sentenced to prison on separate sentences for up to 175 years and 125 years. In addition, an Outside the Lines investigation published Jan. 26 detailed a culture of enabling of sexual assault, violence and gender discrimination at Michigan State, specifically implicating members of its football and men’s basketball programs.
Several prominent Michigan State officials have left the university, including former president Lou Anna Simon. On Tuesday interim president John Engler, former governor of Michigan, called the Outside the Lines reports “a sensationalized package of reporting.”
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