Updated: MSUPD submits warrant requests in assault investigation

The next step has been taken in a criminal sexual assault investigation involving three Michigan State football players. 

The Ingham County Prosecutor's Office announced Thursday that the MSU Police Department has "submitted warrant requests ... regarding their investigation of an alleged on-campus sexual assault."

A week ago Thursday, Michigan State University announced criminal and Title IX sexual assault investigations involving three football players who had been suspended from the team and removed from on-campus housing. The alleged assault took place in January and, amid an investigation into the football staff's compliance with university protocol, a member of the staff was also suspended. It has been confirmed that director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell was suspended, but it is not certain he is the staff member in question regarding the sexual assault investigation.

No charges have been filed yet in the criminal investigation, but a decision on that could be coming soon, according to the statement from the prosecutor's office.

"We anticipate that the MSU Police will submit further evidentiary materials later today. Following this, the Ingham County Prosecutor's Office will review all of the available evidence and information and make a review decision in the short-term future."

UPDATE: Ingham County Prosecutor Carol Siemon issued a press released Thursday afternoon. 

"Earlier today, our office received warrant requests from the MSU Police Department in a reported case of sexual assault that occurred on the campus this pas January. Detectives from the Michigan State University Police Department have conducted a thorough and professional investigation of this incident. 

"I have asked the MSU Police Department to continue that investigation and submit to our office additional information and evidence. Upon the review of those materials, I will determine a charging decision in this matter."

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