Ex Vanderbilt Football Player Found Guilty for Second Time in Alleged Gang Rape
For the second time, a former Vanderbilt University football player has been found guilty for his role in the alleged gang rape of his ex girlfriend.
A jury found Brandon Vandenburg guilty on Saturday of sexually assaulting an unconscious female student.
This is the second time Vandenburg has been found guilty by a jury. However, a mistrial was declared following the first trial after it was revealed that a jury member had failed to disclose he was the past victim of statutory rape.
The jury convicted Vandenburg of five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of unlawful photography in the June 2013 rape of his classmate.
Vandenburg was accused of taking the girl into his Nashville dorm room, where three men sexually assaulted her as he captured the assault on video, which he sent to friends while it was happening.
The victim, who was 21 at the time of the rape, said she has no memory of the assault.
Vandenburg's fellow player Corey Lamont Batey was found guilty for his role in the assault in April. Two other players have pleaded not guilty to their charges and have not yet been tried.
Batey and Vandenburg face a minimum of 15 years in prison.
Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune responded to the verdict late Saturday.
"It is our sincere hope that today's verdict strongly sends the message to victims and to perpetrators that sexual assault will not be tolerated in our communities.
"Vanderbilt will continue its work to combat the threat of sexual violence on our campus, and we appreciate our strong partnership with the Metro Nashville Police Department and Office of the District Attorney which helped deliver today's verdict and, we hope, some measure of resolution for the victim."