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
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
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