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Sources: Charge Modified Against Fmr. Vanderbilt Player Accused Of Rape

Sources: Charge Modified Against Fmr. Vanderbilt Player Accused Of Rape

CREATED Jun 20, 2014
NASHVILLE, Tenn. – New information in the case against one of the former Vanderbilt football players accused of raping an unconscious student in a campus dorm last summer.

NewsChannel 5 has learned that the District Attorney's office has modified one of the charges against Brandon Vandenburg.

Sources said he will have to return to Nashville to be booked on a tampering with evidence charge before the end of June. The charge is reportedly related to a video taken of the alleged crime.

On August 9, 2013, the California native was charged along with other former players Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville; Brandon Banks, 19, of Maryland; and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, 18, from Mississippi. They were indicted on five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

Vandenburg was also charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

All four men have been free on bond since shortly after their arrests. A trial date for Vandenburg and Batey has been set for August 11.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said the four defendants raped an unconscious victim inside Vandenburg's room at his Gillette House dorm in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 23, 2013.

The university was made aware of the situation when officials observing the dorm's hallway surveillance recordings for an unrelated situation saw concerning behavior by the defendants.

Vanderbilt dismissed the players June 29 and kicked them off campus pending the investigation by the Metro Nashville Police Department's sex crimes unit.

Three other men also faced charges in connection with the incident, including Vanderbilt student and former Commodore wide receiver Chris Boyd.

In September 2013, Boyd was dismissed from the football team, but allowed to stay in school after entering a conditional guilty plea to a role in attempting to cover up the rape.

Boyd received an 11-month, 29-day suspended sentence for criminal attempt to commit accessory after the fact, a misdemeanor. The initial charge was a felony. If he completes probation, his record will be cleared.

As part of the plea, he agreed to cooperate with prosecutors to help build the case against the four former football players charged with rape.

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