Vanderbilt Football Players Arrested on Rape Charges
JaBorian McKenzie, Brandon Vandenburg, and Cory Batey indicted
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Aug 12, 2013 8:24 AM CDT
From left, JaBorian McKenzie, Brandon Vandenburg, and Cory Batey are seen in these photos from Vanderbilt University.   (Associated Press/Vanderbilt/Newser)

(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.

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Aug 13, 2013 11:51 AM CDT
I wonder what types of lessons in respect these boys were taught by their parents.
Aug 13, 2013 3:10 AM CDT
At least they're doing something about it. The most reprehensible reaction by college administrators regarding a case of rape on campus was several years ago at Dominican College in NYS. Some boys put GHB in a coed's soft drink in the dorm. When she was walking to her room, she collapsed which is when they dragged her into one of their rooms & proceeded to rape her. She didn't remember much except waking up in their room. The college did absolutely NOTHING to the male students & allowed them to stay. The girl quit college & went back home.
Aug 12, 2013 2:51 PM CDT
What is the association between football and rape? You would think these athletes wouldn't have to wait for people to be unconscious to have a sexual encounter. At my college girls would throw themselves at these what is the deal?