Final ex-Vandy player accused in rape makes bond - WSMV News 4

Final ex-Vandy player accused in rape makes bond

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The last of four former Vanderbilt University football players accused in an on-campus rape has been released from Metro Jail on bond.

Brandon Vandenburg was released Wednesday evening on a $350,000 bond.

Vandenburg, along with former teammates Cory Batey, Brandon Banks and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, were accused of raping an unconscious woman inside an on-campus dorm room.

Each faces five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg has also been charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

The men have all pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The four athletes have been at the center of the investigation that began in June after a reported sexual assault in a Vanderbilt University campus dorm.

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

Police said the investigation revealed the four allegedly raped an unconscious victim inside Vandenburg's room at Gillette House dormitory in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 23.

According to the indictment, Vandenburg photographed the victim and distributed that picture.

Metro police detectives began investigating after they were notified by Vanderbilt University police, who said an unrelated situation captured by the dorm's hallway surveillance system revealed concerning behavior by the suspects.

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