Nashville Metro police have formally charged four former Vanderbilt players with rape and aggravated sexual battery.
The charges stem from an incident in a Vanderbilt dorm room back in June. Police say 20-year old Brandon Vandenburg, 20, 19-year old Brandon Eric Banks, 18-year old JaBorian “Tip” McKenzie, 18 and 19-year old Cory Batey, 19 raped an unconscious woman, a Vanderbilt student. None of the four had played a game for Vanderbilt.
Vandenburg was also charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.
Batey has already been arrested and is bond set at $350,000. Police are trying to track down the other three.
Listed as a witness in the indictment were Vanderbilt starting quarterback Austyn Carta Samuels along with football team members Mack Prioleau, De’Andre Woods, Jake Bernstein and Dillon Vanderwal.
A police spokesman declined to rule out the possibility of further arrests, according to The Tennessean.
The paper says neither coach James Franklin nor A.D. David Williams immediately returned messages left for them.
Vanderbilt dismissed the players from the team back on June 29th and kicked them off campus pending an investigation.
The Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune said in a statement, “We are shocked and saddened by the allegations that such an assault has taken place on our campus and that they include members of our football team.” She closed by noting that, “ Because this is an ongoing matter for the criminal justice system and our own internal investigation remains ongoing, we will only comment further when appropriate.”