ESPN’s Outside the Lines reported tonight that a member of the Michigan State basketball team, Brock Washington, is under investigation for possible criminal sexual conduct. Campus police took a report back in August from a woman who said Washington “forcibly groped her without her permission,” Paula Lavigne reported. That case is now with Ingham County prosecutors, who are still deciding if they will file charges.
The case was classified as fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, OTL reported.
Further details of the case are, so far, being kept out of the public record. From OTL’s own timeline of its reporting.
Details of the allegations and circumstances remain unknown; a police report has not been released publicly. Outside the Lines requested a copy of the police report through the university’s public records office on Feb. 6, and the university responded Wednesday with a request for a 10-day extension to answer the request.
Outside the Lines reached out Thursday afternoon to multiple university officials and Washington for comment. None responded to calls, voicemails or emails. Outside the Lines also reached out to John Truscott, who was hired recently to lead the university’s crisis communications efforts. Truscott, in response to a series of questions about the alleged incident and a request to release the police report, wrote in an email that he was not in a position to know anything about the case; when asked whether he would provide someone at the university who could answer questions or provide a statement, he responded that “I’m just saying we don’t have any information at this time but will certainly look into it. We don’t have access to police reports, nor does the police department inform anyone of actions such as this.”
Michigan State already is the subject of multiple investigations due to concerns that its leaders downplayed reports of sexual abuse by disgraced doctor Larry Nassar, as well as reports of attacks and abuse by members of the football and basketball programs.