Two former Vanderbilt University football players on trial for sexually assaulting a female classmate in a campus dorm room were both found guilty today. The look of shock on their faces as the verdict was read speaks volumes of the entitlement boys and men feel in the sports world where football players are glorified.
Graphic cell phone videos and pictures were presented in court of the incident.
Defense attorneys argued that the young men were not guilty of rape, but rather of making a mistake. Cory Batey’s lawyer, Worrick Robinson, claimed that college culture put his client in this situation.
Still yet, it took a Nashville jury took just a few hours to decide Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey were guilty of four counts of aggravated rape, one count of attempted aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery.
Vandenburg was also found guilty of tampering with evidence and unlawful photography after prosecutors claimed he recorded the sexual assault on his phone and shared it with friends.
Vanderburg and Batey’s bond has been revoked and they will be sentenced on March 6.
Two other ex-players accused of being involved in the incident, Brandon Banks and Jaborian McKenzie, also face charges of rape and sexual battery, but have not yet gone to trial. All four pleaded not guilty.
Prosecutors presented a surveillance video showing Vandenburg carrying the 21-year-old victim to his dorm building that night, accompanied by Batey, Banks and McKenzie.
Prosecutors said that the four former football players laughed at the victim, who was unconscious, before they allegedly sexually assaulted her inside Vandenburg’s room.
“Vandenburg, he had said, ‘we’re going to have some,’” Tom Thurman said. “He gives everyone a condom.”
Prosecutors went on to say that Vandenburg took pictures and video of the assault then sent them to his friends. But later, he searched online for information about how to delete photos so the police wouldn’t discover them.
According to prosecutors, the former players communicated via texting each other to discuss how to cover up their crime.
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