Former MSU players plead guilty to lesser charge in sex assault case

Three former Michigan State football players will avoid jail after pleading guilty to lesser charges in a sexual assault case that saw all three suspended and eventually dismissed from the school.

Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance had been accused of sexually assaulting a female partygoer at a campus apartment in January 2017.

All three pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of seducing an unmarried woman, a law that dates back to 1931 and is defined as "any man who shall seduce and debauch any unmarried woman."

The charge is a felony and can carry a sentence of up to five years in prison or a $2,500 fine, but the agreement reached by the players calls for no jail time at sentencing.

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If Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina, presiding over the case, does assign jail time at sentencing, all three are allowed to withdraw their guilty pleas, according to the Lansing State Journal.

The victim had been made aware of the deal and approved of the terms, according to an assistant prosecutor.

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Hinsdale South defensive end and Michigan State football recruit Josh King poses in a section of his apartment with the awards he's earned over the years on Aug. 17, 2015. (Steve Johnston/Chicago Tribune/TNS via Getty Images)
01 October 2016 | Michigan State Spartans Wide Receiver Donnie Corley during warm ups for the game at Memorial Stadium in Bloomington, Indiana. (Photo by Michael Allio/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
EAST LANSING, MI - SEPTEMBER 02: Donnie Corley #9 of the Michigan State Spartans runs for yards during a game against the Furman Paladins at Spartan Stadium on September 2, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. Michigan State won the game 28-13. (Photo by Stacy Revere/Getty Images)
DETROIT, MI - NOVEMBER 12: Wide receiver Donnie Corley #29 of the Michigan State Spartans runs after a punted football during a college football game against the Rutgers Scarlet Knights at Spartan Stadium on November 12, 2016 in East Lansing, Michigan. The Spartans defeated the Knights 49-0. (Photo by Dave Reginek/Getty Images)

King also pleaded guilty to a lesser charge of surveilling an unclothed person. Police alleged that he had recorded himself having sex with the victim.

--Field Level Media

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