Vanderbilt says evidence against former football player is weak

Jan. 16, 2014 at 3:02 PM
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NASHVILLE, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- A Vanderbilt University investigation concluded there is insufficient evidence against one of four former football players accused of rape.

A report by the school's Office of Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action and Disability Services, which investigates possible violations of the university's sexual misconduct policy, said there was not enough evidence to prove Brandon Vandenburg, 20, from Indio, Calif., engaged in "non-consensual sexual intercourse" with a female student in a June incident, the (Nashville) Tennessean reported Thursday. The Vanderbilt report, however, alleges Vandenburg invaded the student's privacy and "aided in the commission of sexual misconduct as an accomplice."

The school report is separate from the criminal investigation, the Tennessean said.

Vandenburg, Corey Batey, Brandon Eric Banks and Jaborian McKenzie are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of sexual battery in the alleged attack. Vandenburg is also charged with evidence tampering and unlawful photography.

The players, who pleaded not guilty to the criminal charges, were removed from the football team and barred from campus. They are free on bail.

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