Ex-Vanderbilt football player found guilty after orchestrating and recording the gang rape of his own girlfriend

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Former Vanderbilt University Football Player Found Guilty of Rape

Former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg was found guilty on Saturday of five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery, and one count of unlawful photography for a horrifying 2013 incident in which he orchestrated and recorded the gang rape of his unconscious then-girlfriend, then sent the video of it to his friends. This is actually the second time a court has found him guilty in this case, but the first decision was thrown out in June 2015 because a juror didn't disclose he was the past victim of statutory rape.

In the summer of 2013, Vandenberg and several of his teammates were caught on surveillance video carrying an unconscious Vanderbilt neuroscience student into a dorm. Video footage showed the players giggling and laughing while they dragged her down the hallway and took photos of her naked body. Once inside the dorm room, one player penetrated her with a water bottle while another cheered him on. Vandenberg then passed out condoms and encouraged his teammates to assault her. Another player urinated on the victim and "made a racial statement."

Corey Batey, one of Vandenburg's teammates, was found guilty in a retrial in April; the other two, Jaborian McKenzie and Brandon Banks, have pleaded not guilty but have yet to face trial.

Vandenburg faces a minimum sentence of 15 years, which is at least a lot longer than six months.

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Former Vanderbilt College football players Jaborian McKenzie, Brandon Vandenburg and Corey Batey (L-R) are seen in this combination picture made of booking photos supplied by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department on August 10, 2013. The three have been charged with the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old female student in one of their campus dorm rooms in Nashville, Tennessee this summer, according to police. A fourth suspect, Brandon Banks, is still at large. The suspects were kicked off the football team and banned from campus following the allegations, according to Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron. REUTERS/Metropolitan Nashville Police Department/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL CRIME LAW HEADSHOT) ATTENTION EDITORS â THE IMAGES WERE PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Brandon Vandenburg, right, a former Vanderbilt football player, waits in court for proceedings to begin in his rape trial Tuesday, June 14, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. A jury convicted Vandenburg and former player Corey Batey last year after a trial that featured graphic cellphone videos and photos of the attack taken by the former players. However, the verdicts were thrown out after it was discovered that the jury foreman had been a victim of statutory rape. (Samuel M. Simpkins/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)
Defense attorneys Randall Reagan and Troy Bowlin confer during the retrial of retrial of Brandon Vandenburg, a former Vanderbilt football player, Monday, June 13, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. A jury convicted Vandenburg and former player Corey Batey last year after a trial that featured graphic cellphone videos and photos of the attack taken by the former players. However, the verdicts were thrown out after it was discovered that the jury foreman had been a victim of statutory rape. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)
Judge Monte Watkins delivers instructions to the attorneys the retrial of Brandon Vandenburg, a former Vanderbilt football player, Monday, June 13, 2016, in Nashville, Tenn. A jury convicted Vandenburg and former player Corey Batey last year after a trial that featured graphic cellphone videos and photos of the attack taken by the former players. However, the verdicts were thrown out after it was discovered that the jury foreman had been a victim of statutory rape. (George Walker IV/The Tennessean via AP, Pool)
Former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg, center, arrives for jury selection in his rape trial Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Vandenburg and former teammate Cory Batey are charged with the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old female student on June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
David King, attorney for former Vanderbilt NCAA college football player Brandon Vandenburg, appears in court on Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in Nashville, Tenn. Vandenburg is charged with five counts of aggravated rape of an unconscious 21-year-old student at a campus dormitory in June 2013. (AP Photo/John Partipilo, Pool)
Former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg, center, arrives for jury selection in his rape trial Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Vandenburg and former teammate Cory Batey are charged with the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old female student on June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Former Vanderbilt University football player Brandon Vandenburg, center, arrives for jury selection in his trial Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Vandenburg and former teammate Cory Batey are charged with the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old female student on June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Former Vanderbilt University football player Brandon Vandenburg, center, arrives for jury selection in his trial Monday, Nov. 3, 2014, in Nashville, Tenn. Vandenburg and former teammate Cory Batey are charged with the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old female student on June 23, 2013. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)
Vanderbilt College football player Brandon Vandenburg is shown in this booking photo supplied by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department on August 10, 2013. Vandenburg, along with three other players, has been charged with the rape of an unconscious 21-year-old female student in one of their campus dorm rooms in Nashville, Tennessee this summer, according to police. The suspects were kicked off the football team and banned from campus following the allegations, according to Nashville police spokesman Don Aaron. REUTERS/Metropolitan Nashville Police Department/Handout via Reuters (UNITED STATES - Tags: SPORT FOOTBALL CRIME LAW HEADSHOT) ATTENTION EDITORS â THE IMAGES WERE PROVIDED BY A THIRD PARTY. FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY. NOT FOR SALE FOR MARKETING OR ADVERTISING CAMPAIGNS
Brandon Vandenburg looks at the jury as Judge Wilkins reads the charges during his trial on Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015, in Nashville, Tenn. The jury deliberated for three hours before announcing that Vandenburg and Cory Batey were guilty of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. (AP Photo/The Tennessean, John Partipilo, Pool)
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