Michigan State defensive lineman Auston Robertson faces a third-degree criminal sexual conduct charge stemming from an April 9 incident in Meridian Township.

The charge was issued on Friday in 55th district court, according to a statement from the Ingham County Prosecutor's office. Third degree criminal sexual conduct is a felony punishable by up to 15 years in prison.

Robertson was suspended from the team on Sunday, April 9, when the coaching staff became aware of the situation. Michigan State coach Mark Dantonio said in a statement at the time that "we will continue to educate and enforce high standards for the program. I expect all of our players to conduct themselves in a manner that reflects the values and principles of Michigan State University."

He declined to comment further, citing an ongoing investigation.

Robertson completed his freshman season in 2016, recording three tackles and a forced fumble in seven games. The Fort Wayne, Indiana native joined Michigan State in July 2016 as a four-star recruit and one of its highest-ranked prospects in the class.