Lansing— Former Michigan State football player Auston Robertson has pleaded guilty to a sexual assault charge and could face more than three years in prison.
The Lansing State Journal reported that the 21-year-old entered the plea Wednesday to one count of assault with intent to commit criminal sexual penetration. Robertson told an Ingham County Circuit Court judge that he assaulted a fellow student in her off-campus apartment in April 2017.
Michigan State dismissed Robertson from the team following the allegations.
Robertson, a defensive end, was initially charged with two counts of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, and a judge later ruled that prosecutors could cite two previous rape accusations against Robertson during a trial. The school has said it was unaware of the previous sexual assault cases.
He faces up to up to 43 months in prison when sentenced Dec. 4.