Former Michigan State football player in custody on felony sexual conduct warrant

The former Spartans, kicked off the team Tuesday, are due back in court for preliminary hearings later this month.

Former Michigan State defensive end Auston Robertson, sought in connection with a felony sexual assault charge in Michigan, was taken into custody over the weekend in his hometown of Fort Wayne, Ind., United States Marshals confirmed Monday (via the Detroit Free Press).

The former Michigan State football player was apprehended without incident with the help of Fort Wayne Police, a supervisory deputy for the U.S. Marshals' Western District of Michigan said.

Meridian Township Police had sought help locating Robertson, who was kicked off the Spartans team Friday after the charges were made public.

Robertson, 19, waived his extradition rights, according to court records cited by the Free Press, and was waiting to be taken back to Michigan where he faces a felony charge of third degree criminal sexual conduct in the alleged rape of a female Michigan State student in her apartment April 9 in Meridian Township, adjacent to East Lansing.

If convicted Robertson faces up to 15 years in prison.

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Robertson previously was charged with misdemeanor battery in January 2016 for allegedly improperly touching a female student the previous October at his high school in Fort Wayne, Ind. He entered a diversionary program to have those charges lifted later that year.

Four Michigan State players already are accused of being involved in a sexual assault in January. Arrest warrants alleging sexual crimes were issued for three of the unidentified players and one was issued for a non-sexual crime.

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