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.
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.
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