Four former Vanderbilt football players charged with rape

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Updated: August 9, 2013

(Sports Network) – Four former Vanderbilt football players have each been
charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated
sexual battery.

According to The Tennessean, tight end Brandon Vandenburg, cornerback Brandon
Eric Banks, wide receiver JaBorian “Tip” McKenzie and safety Cory Batey were
charged in the indictment. Vandenburg is also charged with one count of
tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

None of the four have played in a game for the Commodores. though Vandenburg
was expected to contend for a starting spot this fall. Batey and McKenzie were
redshirt freshmen. All of them have already been suspended by the university
for a violation of team rules.

Batey has already been arrested and has gone through a mandatory blood draw,
but the other three are still being tracked down by Metro police. Police
spokesman Don Aaron sand an arraignment would be held “in the coming days.”

Police said the four raped an unconscious woman in Vandenburg’s dorm room on
June 23. They were notified after university officials checked a hallway
security camera in an unrelated incident and noticed suspicious behavior by
the four.

Vanderbilt’s starting quarterback, Carta Samuels, and four other team
members, were listed as witnesses on an indictment.

Aaron said that the victim, who remains unnamed, has been “in close contact
with the police department.”

“She has been through a lot, and I believe she will be a partner as we
continue with this case,” he said in a press briefing.

Princine Lewis, a senior strategist in Vanderbilt’s news and communications
department, has said the university plans to issue a statement soon.