Four Former Vanderbilt Football Players Indicted on Multiple Aggravated Rape & Aggravated Sexual Battery Counts
August 9, 2013
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Six weeks of intense, non-stop investigation into the June 23rd sexual assault of a 21-year-old Vanderbilt University co-ed inside a campus dormitory has resulted in today’s indictment of four former Commodore football players on multiple criminal counts.
Those charged are:
- Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Indio, California;
- Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville;
- Brandon Banks, 19, of Brandywine, Maryland; and
- Jaborian McKenzie, 19, of Woodville, Mississippi.
All four defendants are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg is additionally charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.
“Today’s indictment is the result of tedious and painstaking work by lead Detective Jason Mayo and Sergeant Mike Shreeve from the Sex Crimes Unit, and Detective Chad Gish, a talented police department electronics expert,” Chief Steve Anderson said. “Their investigation has uncovered compelling, unsettling evidence that was presented to the Davidson County Grand Jury earlier today.”
“The Nashville community should know that our team of investigators, who along the way received strong support from the Vanderbilt University Police Department and the TBI Crime Laboratory, has been focused on diligently working on behalf of the victim since June 26th, when this matter was first reported to us by Vanderbilt Police,” Chief Anderson said.
The four defendants are charged with raping the unconscious victim inside Vandenburg’s room at Gillette House dormitory in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 23rd. The matter first came to light the next week when University officials checking the dorm’s hallway surveillance recordings regarding an unrelated situation observed concerning behavior by the defendants. Notification was made to the Vanderbilt University Police Department on the night of June 25th. VUPD contacted the MNPD’s Sex Crimes Unit on the morning of June 26th.
“Attorneys with our office have been conferring with investigators from the police department since the initial stages of this investigation,” District Attorney General Torry Johnson said. “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.”
“As with any pending criminal case, specific information about the charges and the proof will be released at the appropriate time as the case progresses in Criminal Court,” Johnson said.
While much of the MNPD’s investigation was done locally, Detectives Mayo and Gish traveled to Palm Desert, California, for several days at the end of July. Assistance provided by the Riverside County, California, Sheriff’s Office was instrumental in the collection of certain evidence.
Metro officers a short time ago arrested Batey at his Sennadale Lane residence in Nashville. He was taken to General Hospital for the mandatory blood testing required of persons charged with rape before being transported to the Metro Jail. Efforts are underway to bring Vandenburg, Banks and McKenzie into custody.