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Four former Vanderbilt players indicted on rape charge

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Four former Vanderbilt football players, who were kicked off the team in June, face five counts each of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery, Nashville police said Friday.

Police said there is "compelling" and "unsettling" evidence that the four players raped an unconscious woman in a dorm room on June 23. University officials were investigating an unrelated incident and were viewing a hallway security camera when they saw suspicious behavior and notified Nashville police, according to the Tennessean.

Brandon Vandenburg, Brandon Eric Banks, JaBorian McKenzie and Cory Batey were charged in the indictment. The alleged rape too place Vandenburg's room. He also was charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

The players were dismissed from the team on June 29.

As of early Friday evening, only Batey had been arrested. His bond was set at $350,000.

"I do not know exactly what the charges are, but I'm sure it involves some type of sexual misconduct," said Batey's attorney, Worrick Robinson. "The police arrived at Corey's home and he surrendered to the police and they took him downtown and I believe he is going through the booking process at this very second."

Police are trying to track down the other three. A police spokesman said an arraignment would be held "in the coming days."

Austyn Carta-Samuels, the team's starting quarterback, was listed in the indictment as one of four witnesses.

Police did not rule out any further arrests.

While none of the four had played a game for the Commodores, Vandenburg was one of coach James Franklin's most important recruits. He was one of the nation's top tight end prospects and was expected to contend for a starting spot this fall.

Batey and Banks also were expected to see considerable playing time in Vanderbilt's defensive backfield.
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