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Four dismissed Vandy players charged with rape, sexual battery

James Franklin AP

Following up on a story that first surfaced nearly two months ago, four former members of the Vanderbilt football program have been officially charged for their alleged roles in a heinous on-campus sexual assault.

A Davidson County (Tenn.) grand jury Friday handed down indictments on Brandon Banks, 19; Cory Batey, 19; Jaborian ‘Tip’ McKenzie, 18; and Brandon Vandenburg, 20.  The four were charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery EACH, The Tennessean reported.  The City Paper of Nashville, however, reported that the four were charged with a total of five counts of aggravated rape and four counts of sexual battery; we’re attempting to gain some clarity on the specific of the charges.

Additionally, Vandenburg was charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

As of this posting, Batey is the only one of the four who has turned himself in to authorities.  As for what led to the indictments handed down today, here are the details from The Tennessean:

Police said the four raped an unconscious woman in Vandenburg’s dorm room June 23. Police first got word after university officials checked a security camera in an unrelated incident and saw suspicious behavior by the four.

Metro Police Chief Steve Anderson called the evidence, “compelling” and “unsettling”.

According to that paper, the university is expected to release a statement at some point Friday.

On June 28, Vanderbilt announced that four unnamed players had been indefinitely suspended amid reports that the players were connected to an alleged sex crimes case.  The next day, Vandy officials further clarified the players’ statuses, releasing a statement announcing the dismissals of the four.  That release further added that none of the four will be permitted to return to campus without permission from the office of student conduct and academic integrity.

In mid-July, the school released the names of the individuals who today were indicted.

None of the four ever played a down for the Commodores, although Banks and Vandenburg were expected to see extensive playing time this season.

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11 Responses to “Four dismissed Vandy players charged with rape, sexual battery”
  1. tigersgeaux says: Aug 9, 2013 5:53 PM

    How do we comment on such a story, except to say that Vandy did what they had to do.

    Hopefully, justice will prevail here and if these players did what they are accused of doing, lock them up. Maybe all these morons will learn a skill in prison, such as auto license plate making or washing and drying laundry.

  2. steelerhypocrite says: Aug 9, 2013 5:54 PM

    Don’t these kids know that only politicians like the Kennedy’s or Bill Clinton can get away with this type of behavior…

  3. bigdinla says: Aug 9, 2013 7:08 PM

    Not condoning the behavior, but I think it is horseshit that their names are blasted all over the media. What if they are innocent?

  4. tttrojan4life says: Aug 9, 2013 7:15 PM

    Congratulations Vandy! You are now truly a real SEC member!

  5. tobeexact says: Aug 10, 2013 10:22 AM

    To say that its wrong to put there names out is
    actually a no brainer. First of all its in the newspapers and would end up out there anyhow,so the school did the right thing after and only after they were officially charged .
    And you see it all the time in the newspapers.
    Unfortunately in todays world it sells newspapers , the reporters sit at court rooms and report any little alleged crime even by no namers who may or may not be innocent and post a mug shot of them for everyone to see even family and neighbors . Its a sad world when people have nothing better to do then relish in others misfortunes.
    But what ive been seeing on this site lately is people now doing a 180 degree turn in a rush to judgement unlike they afforded penn state and the football team.
    And its the schools obligation to protect its students under the reporting laws so they can be aware of possible dangers on campus.
    What people should be complaining about is the ncaa committee and its president,ive already posted a link as to mr emmeret and his salaray and dirty dealings or abuse of his position to further his financial situation now and in the future. Here is another interesting one dug up by an espn reporter and posted on http://onwardstate.com/08/08/ncaa.
    After being reported that he had a site up that he was selling.autographed items of college players including manzel that site dissapeard. Then there is for sale at the ncaa store site ,joe pa memorebilia like a sweat shirt with joe Pas picture and 400 wins along with other penn state football teams milestones. As the site stated ,how can you sell items when according to the sanctions they dont exist anymore , They were taken away by the man who is selling them for profit on the ncaa store site.
    The other one for you to read is , http://m.espn.go.com/ggneral/story. Its all about the self proclaimed judge and jury and I can do what I want emmeret while telling universities they have to be squeaky clean , Watch everything and no everything or feel his rath ,but only when he doesnt like you and not on an equal playing field.

  6. tobeexact says: Aug 10, 2013 10:29 AM

    There lucky for now that mr emmeret doesnt slap them with lack of institutional control , because the coaches should have known that they were rapists before they got caught.
    You know that rule that has no rule within it, the one that allows the ncaa to do as they please while telling coaches and school officials they cant do anything or he can punish them , They are supose to eat sleep and go to classes with all there athelets and not have a life. They are suppose to be super humans and know before something happens.

  7. eidolon21 says: Aug 10, 2013 12:33 PM

    I understand the NCAA and its hypocrite Emmert doesn’t get involved in criminal matters unless they want to for political reasons and like to give out the punishment when the Media decides people are guilty.

  8. bralinshan says: Aug 10, 2013 1:05 PM

    A USC Trojan making a comment about rogue behavior by the SEC again…

    Yeah, USC has never had arrests or been on probation right?

    FYI, if your going to make jokes about another school or conference and their indiscretions…make sure that your own is above board.

    Otherwise, your a tool.

  9. fingernailx says: Aug 10, 2013 6:51 PM

    Steelerhypocrite- I think you meant to say Ben Rothlesberger.

  10. richdaddy1231 says: Aug 12, 2013 1:48 AM

    @ fingernails

    You are an idiot…Ben was never even arrested or charged. Get over it already

  11. uffdatx says: Aug 13, 2013 1:04 AM

    Real sad. These kids had a shot at a great education, as Vandy is one of the top schools in the nation, and it goes without saying it is the top school academically in the SEC. And what do they do, they throw it all away. It is a reflection on our society, where many people lack self control and don’t think about the long term consequences of their selfish actions.

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