Friday, August 9, 2013

Grand Jury Indicts 4 Former Vanderbilt Players on Rape Charges

Posted By on Fri, Aug 9, 2013 at 5:07 PM

Four former Vanderbilt University football players were indicted today by a grand jury. As of this writing, one has been arrested.

From The City Paper:

Brandon Banks, Cory Batey, Jaborian ‘Tip’ McKenzie and Brandon Vandenburg were charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

Vandenburg is additionally charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

According to police, "The four defendants are charged with raping the unconscious victim inside Vandenburg’s room at Gillette House dormitory in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 23rd. The matter first came to light the next week when University officials checking the dorm’s hallway surveillance recordings regarding an unrelated situation observed concerning behavior by the defendants. Notification was made to the Vanderbilt University Police Department on the night of June 25th. VUPD contacted the MNPD’s Sex Crimes Unit on the morning of June 26th."

The university suspended the four student-athletes from the school and the team on June 29. The Vanderbilt athletic department declined comment and forwarded all requests to the university's public affairs office

Starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels and reserve tight end Dillon van der Wal have been subpoenaed as witnessess for the state.

The CP will be updating here as the story develops.

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