Former Vanderbilt Football Players Found Guilty on Rape Charges

Tyler Conway@jtylerconwayFeatured ColumnistJanuary 27, 2015

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Cory Batey and Brandon Vandenburg, two former Vanderbilt football players charged with raping a female student in June 2013, were found guilty on all counts by a Nashville jury on Tuesday.

According to a report from The Tennessean—which contains graphic descriptions of the charges—the jury found Batey and Vandenburg guilty on a total of 16 charges. Batey, 21, was charged with five felony counts of aggravated rape and two of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg, 21, was found guilty of those same charges, plus an evidence-tampering count and unlawful photography.           

Four Vanderbilt football players were initially charged with sexual assault in August 2013. Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, the other two men implicated, have yet to stand trial. The Tennessean report notes a total of five players and two associates have been charged with varying levels of involvement and the attempted cover-up. Former player Chris Boyd pleaded guilty to aiding the cover-up in 2013 and was sentenced to probation.    

Prosecutors alleged the players sexually assaulted the victim while she was passed out and recorded video and took pictures of the attack. An ABC News report indicated footage showed the woman, who was intoxicated, being carried back to a dorm room where the assault took place.   

Each of the players involved was kicked off the football team in 2013. Batey and Vandenburg are scheduled for sentencing in March. No date for the trials of Banks and McKenzie has been set.

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