20-year-old Brandon Vandenburg, 19-year-old Corey Batey, 19-year-old Brandon Banks, and 19-year-old Jaborian McKenzie, all former Vanderbilt football players are accused of raping an unconscious student in a dorm on the Vanderbilt campus June 23rd. All players were kicked off the team after the incident was reported.
One of the players, Jaborian McKenzie has been released on a $50,000 bond. The others currently remain in custody. All four are charged with 5 counts of aggravated rape, and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Brandon Vandenburg is charged with additional charges of unlawful pornography, and tampering with evidence.
District Attorney General Torry Johnson, said the investigation is ongoing and hinted at more people being charged in a statement he made: “Although four people are being charged at this time, the investigation is still on-going into the actions of other individuals and the role(s) they may have played in this incident.”
In addition to those charged, there are 5 other current football players that are listed as witnesses in the indictment. They include the starting quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels, Mack Prioleau, De’Andre Woods, Jake Bernstein and Dillon van der Wal.
University officials discovered this alleged rape when reviewing surveillance recordings regarding an unrelated matter. Campus police claimed they then discovered “concerning behavior by the defendants.”
This case is similar to the case of two Steubenville High “Big Red” star football players that were convicted in March for raping an unconscious teen at a party, and taking photographs of her and circulating them on social media.
In the Steubenville case, in addition to those charged with the rape, there were witnessed to the rape. It is unclear if the witnesses listed in the indictment in the Vanderbilt case actually witnesses the rape, or knew of information that happened after the fact.