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Attorney Karen Truszkowski reads a victim-impact statement on behalf of the woman who was assaulted by three former MSU football players in Rosemarie Aquilina’s courtroom.
Matthew Dae Smith and Eric Lacy, Lansing State Journal

LANSING – Three former Michigan State University football players who accepted plea deals to a charge of seduction in a sexual assault case were sentenced Wednesday to 36 months probation and ordered to undergo sex offender treatment.

Ingham County Circuit Judge Rosemarie Aquilina also ordered Josh King, Donnie Corley and Demetric Vance to complete 100 hours of community service and stay off dating apps and websites such as Tinder. And she issued a 365-day suspended jail sentence, which the three men won’t serve unless they violate probation. 

The seduction charge, which involves seducing an unmarried woman for sexual acts, carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison. It does not require sex offender registration.

Speaking after the hearing, Vance said he thought the sentence was “pretty fair.”

Corley’s attorney, John Shea, also described the sentence as “fair.” King declined comment

King, 20, of Darien, Illinois, originally faced the most serious charges: one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct and capturing an image of an unclothed person. He faced up to life in prison.

In addition to the seduction charge, King pleaded guilty to surveilling an unclothed person. Aquilina did not order an additional sentence on the second charge.

Corley, 20, and Vance, 21, both of Detroit, had been charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. They each faced up to 15 years in prison if convicted.

Michigan State University Police said at a hearing that led to the charges that, according to the victim, King invited her to “speak somewhere quiet,” then “pulled” her into a bathroom and forced her to perform oral and vaginal sex. Corley and Vance were each accused of later forcing her to perform oral sex. 

Police also allege that King recorded himself having sex with the woman.

King, Corley and Vance’s court records will be sealed because Aquilina sentenced them under the Holmes Youthful Trainee Act, a law that allows judges to close the records of young offenders as long as they meet the terms of their agreement and do not commit any future offenses. If any of the three violate the terms of their probation, Aquilina could revoke HYTA status and order them to jail.

The former players, who were suspended from the team during the police investigation, were dismissed from the football team after they were charged in June 2017. They also were dismissed from MSU following university Title IX investigations.

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Contact Christopher Haxel at 517-377-1261 or chaxel@lsj.com. Follow him on Twitter @ChrisHaxel.

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