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Crime & Courts

Former Hinsdale South football standout Josh King faces sexual assault charges

Darien resident and former Hinsdale South High School football player Joshua J. King was charged June 6 with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in relation to an incident that occurred in January on the Michigan State University campus, according to a university police department news release.

King was one of three Michigan State football players charged by the Ingham County Prosecutor’s Office. The others, Demetric D. Vance and Donnie L. Corley Jr., each have been charged with one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct.

Head coach Mark Dantonio has dismissed all three players from the team. 

King, 19, also was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct and capturing/distributing an image of an unclothed person, according to the release. He faces up to life in prison if convicted. Judge Richard Ball set King's bond at $25,000 during June 7 arraignment proceedings, according to media reports.

“The MSU Police Department has zero tolerance for sexual assault,” MSU Police Chief Jim Dunlap said in the release. “I’m confident that this extensive investigation was completed thoroughly, and our detectives worked diligently and exhaustively in providing information to the prosecutor’s office.”

MSU police detectives conducted more than 1,500 hours of investigation into this case, including more than 100 interviews and contacts, the release stated.

King, a defensive end, was a top-ranked football recruit in 2016 who played in the U.S. Army All-American game as a senior. He was also a two-time state champion in wrestling. He played in nine games for the Spartans last season as a true freshman. He did not play in the April spring game, according to media reports.

King was pursued by dozens of NCAA Division I programs. He was Hinsdale South's highest-profile recruit since 2006 graduate Matt Mayberry went on to play at Indiana. 

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