Vanderbilt Football Players Arrested on Rape Charges

JaBorian McKenzie, Brandon Vandenburg, and Cory Batey indicted

By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff

Posted Aug 12, 2013 8:24 AM CDT

(Newser) – Four recently-dismissed members of the Vanderbilt University football team were arrested over the weekend in the alleged rape of an unconscious 21-year-old student in her dorm room. The rape allegedly occurred on June 23. University officials discovered the incident while checking dorm surveillance footage for an unrelated matter. Brandon Vandenburg, JaBorian McKenzie, Cory Batey, and Brandon Banks were all kicked off the football team on June 29 and banned from campus pending an investigation, ABC News reports.

The four were all indicted on Friday with five counts of aggravated rape, and two counts of aggravated sexual battery, with Vandenburg also accused of tampering with evidence and unlawful photography. Vandenburg was arrested on Saturday when his plane arrived at Nashville International Airport, and Batey was arrested at his Nashville home, while McKenzie and Banks turned themselves in. McKenzie has since been released on a $50,000 bond, while Vandenburg and Batey remain in jail in lieu of $350,000 bond, USA Today reports.

From left, JaBorian McKenzie, Brandon Vandenburg, and Cory Batey are seen in these photos from Vanderbilt University.
From left, JaBorian McKenzie, Brandon Vandenburg, and Cory Batey are seen in these photos from Vanderbilt University.   (Associated Press/Vanderbilt/Newser)
This undated photo provided by Vanderbilt University shows Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Indio, Calif.
This undated photo provided by Vanderbilt University shows Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Indio, Calif.   (AP Photo/Vanderbilt University)
This undated photo provided by Vanderbilt University shows Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville, Tenn.
This undated photo provided by Vanderbilt University shows Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville, Tenn.   (AP Photo/Vanderbilt University)
This undated photo provided by Vanderbilt University shows Jaborian Tip McKenzie, 19, of Woodville, Miss.
This undated photo provided by Vanderbilt University shows Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, 19, of Woodville, Miss.   (AP Photo/Vanderbilt University)
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