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Judge orders tracking device removed from Vandy rape suspect

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A Nashville judge said one of the former Vanderbilt football players charged with rape can have his GPS tracking bracelet removed.

Judge Monte Watkins said Tuesday that Corey Batey, the only one of the four defendants who had to wear a device, no longer has to wear the tracking device.

Watkins did add that if there were any issues, Batey's bond would be revoked. He also stipulated that Batey, the only suspect that was from Nashville, has to report weekly to his bonding company.

Batey is one of four former players accused of raping an unconscious girl in a dorm room last summer. He is currently out on bond.

The prosecutor had said previously that he had wanted the tracking device because of the comments Batey made while behind bars saying he would never go back to jail.

Batey's lawyer Worrick Robinson said Batey should be allowed to have the device removed because he's been a "model citizen" the past five months. He said Batey is not a flight risk and argued the monitor was on much longer than it was supposed to be.

"The state was concerned that Mr. Batey might see something or learn something over the last 30 days that would cause him to question whether he should stay or flee. We certainly didn't think those were appropriate statements at the time, and he's here today, nothing's changed," Robinson said.

Batey's attorney previously said his client could not afford the $400-per-month fee to keep wearing it.

Batey went to have the bracelet removed right after the hearing.

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