Vanderbilt sex crime investigation nears completion - WSMV Channel 4

Vanderbilt sex crime investigation nears completion

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The sex assault investigation involving four former Vanderbilt football players is nearly complete, and the case even took Metro police detectives all the way across the country.

Investigators spent last week on the West Coast following up on new leads in the case.

A police spokesman wouldn't say where they were or what they were doing there, but a source close to the investigation confirms detectives were in California.

One of the former players under investigation, Brandon Vandenburg, is from Indio, CA, but, again, Metro police wouldn't say if that's why they traveled there.

Vandenburg, Cory Batey, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Brandon Banks are at the center of the investigation that began after a reported sexual assault in a Vanderbilt University campus dorm last month. None has been charged with a crime yet.

Still, Vanderbilt officials banned the four from campus and kicked them off the football team for what was called a violation of team rules.

Now, Metro police are nearing the end of their investigation.

"As you know, we analyzed some evidence. Some evidence was sent to the TBI for analysis. Some evidence was sent to police department electronics experts for analysis. Based on the information that was gleaned, it was deemed necessary for two investigators to travel to the West Coast to further the investigation," said Metro police spokesman Don Aaron.

When Metro police wrap up their investigation, they will present the findings to the district attorney's office.

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