Time to pay the piper boys.
We first brought you this disturbing story back in July, and now it looks like these young men could be headed to the whoscow for a LONG time.
Four former Vanderbilt football players have been indicted on five counts of aggravated sex assault each of an unconscious 21-year-old student at a campus dormitory in June.
Safety Cory Batey, 19 of Nashville, Tenn.; defensive back Brandon Banks, 19, of Brandywine, Md.; receiver Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie, 19, of Woodville, Miss.; and tight end Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Indio, Calif. also have been charged with two counts of aggravated sexual battery for an incident tipped to campus officials by surveillance video. Vandenburg also is charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.
While the players were indicted Friday, the district attorney general pointed out that the investigation isn’t over yet.
“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,” District Attorney General Torry Johnson said in a statement.
Vanderbilt dismissed the players June 29 and barred them from the campus pending the investigation. Vice chancellor Beth Fortune said Friday that their first thoughts are for the victim, a Vanderbilt student, and that the university will continue to offer her all of its services and support.
“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,” Fortune said in a statement.
“The charges brought today against the four former Vanderbilt football players allege conduct which is abhorrent and will never be tolerated. We will review our athletics program to be sure that it, like all other programs at the university, reflects our culture of community and respect for others and that our student athletes are held to the same high standards of conduct as all our students.”
Bye, bye, boys…you’re gonna WISH you were lucky enough to be unconscious when you get sex assaulted in the bing!
Images via Vanderbilt University