"Horrific"

Ex-Vanderbilt football player convicted for encouraging teammates to rape fellow student

Vanderbilt College football player Brandon Vandenburg is shown in this booking photo supplied by the Metropolitan Nashville Police Department on August 10, 2013. (REUTERS/Metropolitan Nashville Police Department/Handout via Reuters)

A former Vanderbilt University football player is facing a minimum of 15 years in prison after being convicted of rape charges on Saturday by a Tennessee jury. Prosecutors said that Brandon Vandenburg, 23, encouraged three teammates to sexually assault an unconscious 21-year-old woman in his dorm room in June 2013. They said he passed out condoms and recorded video of the attack which he then sent to friends. Deputy district attorney general Tom Thurman said that some of these videos were recovered by investigators and proved to be decisive evidence during the trial.

The victim, a 21-year-old neuroscience major when the crime ocurred, testified that she had been drinking with Vandenburg in a bar only to wake up the next day alone in his bed, in pain. Vandenburg told police four days later that “she got sexually assaulted right in front of me and I didn’t do anything,” according to The Tennessean. One of the other men implicated in the assault, Corey Batey, was found guilty of aggravated rape and other charges in April. The other two men are still awaiting trial.

Read the full story at The New York Times.

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