Four former players for the Vanderbilt University football team were indicted on Friday for the alleged rape of an unconscious female student this past June. The Nashville college dismissed the four young men and barred them from campus while the investigation is underway.
The 21-year-old female student was allegedly raped on June 23 in a campus dorm belonging to one of the students. They were seen on a surveillance camera in the dorm’s hallway by officials, who were watching the videotape for an unrelated reason, according to the Huffington Post. The Vanderbilt University Police Department learned of the alleged incident on June 25 and the Nashville Police Department were contacted on June 26.
The young men — Cory Batey, 19; Brandon Banks, 19; JaBorian “Tip” McKenzie, 19; and Brandon Vandenberg, 20; — were indicted on five counts of aggravated rape each and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenberg is also charged with one count of unlawful photography and one count of tampering with evidence. All four men have surrendered to police.
The district attorney general said additional people are being investigated for possible involvement in the rape. A witness list to the alleged incident includes the football team’s starting quarterback, plus four other student athletes.
Vanderbilt released a statement on Friday:
Our first thoughts are for the victim, a Vanderbilt student, and we convey to her and her family our deepest sympathies and sorrow. We will continue to offer her all of our services and support. We are shocked and saddened by the allegations that such an assault has taken place on our campus and that they include members of our football team. … The charges brought today against the four former Vanderbilt football players allege conduct which is abhorrent and will never be tolerated. We will review our athletics program to be sure that it, like all other programs at the university, reflects our culture of community and respect for others and that our student athletes are held to the same high standards of conduct as all our students.
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