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Report: Two Michigan St. players accused of sexual assault

Two Michigan State basketball players are accused of committing sexual assault on an unidentified woman for nearly an hour in their dorm room, according to a report in The Michigan Messenger.

Prosecutors have declined to pursue charges, though the paper reports that the victim disputes the reason for not doing so. The players’ names have not been released because there haven’t been charges.

From the paper:

The police report indicates that one of the two players corroborated the victim’s story in his statement to police. Although the MSU Police Department forwarded the report to the prosecutor’s office with a recommendation that the men be charged with Criminal Sexual Conduct 1 -- the most serious level of sexual assault under state law -- Dunnings has declined to prosecute the case.

In a statement dated Sept. 14 and released on Friday, Dunnings says charging a criminal sexual conduct case “requires the element of force and/or coercion.” He said numerous prosecutors of both genders reviewed the case report and “none could find any of these necessary elements.” The police report and statements by the victim suggest otherwise.

The Messenger’s lengthy story has numerous details on the event, including events that led to, occurred during and after the alleged assault. Most interesting is the back-forth between the alleged victim and the investigating officers and how they decided to not pursue the case.

The school hasn’t released a statement.

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