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Report: Michigan State player being investigated for criminal sexual conduct

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EAST LANSING, MI - JANUARY 26: Head coach Tom Izzo of the Michigan State Spartans speaks to the media at a press conference after the Michigan State Spartans and Wisconsin Badgers basketball game at Breslin Center on January 26, 2018 in East Lansing, Michigan. (Photo by Rey Del Rio/Getty Images)

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A Michigan State men’s basketball player has been under investigation from criminal sexual assault since early in the academic year, according to a report from ESPN.

The player is the lone suspect in an incident that campus police “have classified as fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct,” according to the report, which cites anonymous sources close to the case. A female student has accused the player of forcibly groping her without permission in August, and police forwarded the investigatory findings to the county prosecutor in December, according to ESPN.

NBC Sports is not naming the player because he has not been charged with a crime.

Michigan State is under intense scrutiny due to the Larry Nassar scandal and subsequent reporting by ESPN that questioned the school’s handling of allegations of violence toward women by football and men’s basketball players. Michigan State’s president and athletic director both have left the school amid the fallout.

In the case of the latest report, “details of the allegations and circumstances remain unknown; a police report has not been released publicly,” despite a public records request, according to ESPN.

Michigan State, which is 25-3 and ranked No. 2 in The Associated Press poll, plays Saturday at Northwestern.