Former Vanderbilt football player convicted of raping unconscious woman

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NASHVILLE, April 9 (Reuters) - A former Vanderbilt University football player was found guilty on Friday of raping an unconscious female student in a dorm room three years ago.

Cory Batey is one of four former Vanderbilt football players charged with aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery stemming from the June 2013 incident.

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It took jurors just over two hours to reach the verdict.

This was the second trial and conviction for Batey. He and a fellow former Vanderbilt football player, Brandon Vandenburg, were found guilty in January 2015 of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery but the judge declared a mistrial because one of the jurors had failed to disclose that he himself was a victim of rape.

The victim in the Vanderbilt case, which drew national attention to sexual assaults on college campuses, had attended a party and was unconscious during the attack, which occurred in a dorm room on campus, prosecutors said.

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NASHVILLE, TN - OCTOBER 27: Cory Batey #10 of the Vanderbilt Commodores plays against the University of Massachusetts Minutemen at Vanderbilt Stadium on October 27, 2012 in Nashville, Tennessee. (Photo by Frederick Breedon/Getty Images)
West receiver Cory Batey, right, celebrates his touchdown with teammate Gehrig Dieter during the first half of the Semper Fidelis All-American Bowl high school football game against the East squad at Chase Field, Tuesday, Jan. 3, 2012, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Matt York)
The defense gatherers after the jury was read the charges against Brandon Vandenburg and Cory Batey on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015 in Nashville, Tenn. Vandenburg and Batey, two former Vanderbilt football players, are each charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, John Partipilo, Pool)
Former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey, left, arrives for jury selection in his rape trial Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Batey and former teammate Brandon Vandenburg are charged with the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old female student on June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
FILE - In this Nov. 3, 2014, file photo, former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey arrives for jury selection in his rape trial in Nashville, Tenn. Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins granted a mistrial in the case of two former Vanderbilt football players convicted in the dorm-room rape of a student on Tuesday, June 23, 2015, when he ruled in favor of defense attorneys who said a juror intentionally withheld information that he was a rape victim during the jury selection process. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey, File)
Former Vanderbilt University football player Cory Batey, left, arrives for jury selection in his trial Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Batey and former teammate Brandon Vandenburg are charged with the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old female student on June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey, front left, arrives for jury selection in his rape trial Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Batey and former teammate Brandon Vandenburg are charged with the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old female student on June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Worrick Robinson, attorney for former Vanderbilt NCAA college football player Cory Batey, answers questions after appearing in court on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Batey is charged with five counts of aggravated rape of an unconscious 21-year-old student at a campus dormitory in June 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
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She testified as the final witness on Friday.

The prosecution said it was pleased with the outcome.

"Justice has been done," said prosecutor Tom Thurman.

Batey's attorneys said they planned to appeal. During the trial, lawyer Courtney Teasley placed the blame on Vandenburg, who she said used Batey, who was blacked out on alcohol, as his "puppet" during the incident.

The two had been scheduled to be retried together, but one of Vandenburg's attorney's had medical issues, causing the cases to be severed and his retrial set for June.

The trials of the last two accused former players, Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie and Brandon Banks, are expected to take place after Vandenburg's retrial.

Aggravated rape carries a sentence of 15-25 years in prison.

Sentencing is set for May 20.

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