Former Michigan State director of college advancement and performance Curtis Blackwell was arrested back in February by MSU Police for interference of an on-campus sexual assault investigation, which involved three football players.
Donnie Corley, Josh King and Demetric Vance were charged with criminal sexual conduct and were dismissed from the team.
Lansing State Journal reported Blackwell interviewed two of the players involved days after the actual incident on Jan. 16, but MSU police or the Title IX office were unaware of his involvement until he told investigators about his conversations.
“I wasn’t doing an investigation or anything,” Blackwell told police. “I was just trying to find out exactly what happened.”
Blackwell wanted to know if the sex was consensual, but his interference before investigators were involved would lead to his arrest, which also included the police taking away his cell phone.
MSU police requested an obstructing-an-investigation charge for a member of the coaching staff, which was known to be Blackwell.
When the police report was sent to the Lansing State Journal, it was discovered that Blackwell was told by the football player that he found an unstable woman in the bathroom at a party and proceeded to take her home to help her out. Blackwell was in contact with the suspect’s father days after the incident.
The police investigation also resulted in search warrants for several email and Snapchat accounts as well as text message threads.
MSU police Det. Chad Davis testified at a hearing and said King “pulled” the victim into the bathroom and pressed her to have sex with him. Davis then said that King forced the victim to perform oral sex on him, which led to intercourse. After that, King periodically allowed Vance and Corley in the bathroom.
King was charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Corley and Vance were charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and could face up to 15 years in prison while King could face up to life in prison if convicted.