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Final Ex-Vanderbilt Player Turns Himself Into Cops

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Police said four former Vanderbilt football players raped an unconscious victim in a Gillette House dorm room on June 23, 2013. Police said four former Vanderbilt football players raped an unconscious victim in a Gillette House dorm room on June 23, 2013.
Brandon Banks Brandon Banks
Cory Batey Cory Batey
Brandon Vandenburg Brandon Vandenburg
Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – The fourth and final former Vanderbilt player has been arrested in an alleged rape of an unconscious victim inside a dormitory.

Police spokesman Don Aaron said Brandon Banks turned himself in Sunday night, and bond for the 19-year-old from Brandywine, Md., was set at $250,000.

Brandon Vandenburg, 20, of Indio, Calif., and Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville, Tenn., were also being held on $350,000 bond. Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, 19, of Woodville, Miss., was booked and released Saturday on $50,000 bond.

The charges came after the investigation into the June 23 sexual assault of a 21-year-old Vanderbilt University co-ed inside a campus dormitory.

All four defendants were charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg was also charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said the four defendants raped the unconscious victim inside Vandenburg's room at his Gillette House dorm in the early morning hours of Sunday, June 23.

The university was made aware of the situation when officials observing the dorm's hallway surveillance recordings for an unrelated situation saw concerning behavior by the defendants.

Vanderbilt Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune said Friday that  officials "are shocked and saddened by the allegations." Fortune said the university was focused on doing everything possible to prevent a future similar incident from happening on campus.

"Our first thoughts are for the victim, a Vanderbilt student, and we have conveyed to her and her family our deepest sympathy and sorrow. We will continue offer her all of our services and support," said Fortune. 

Vanderbilt dismissed the players June 29 and kicked them off campus pending the investigation by the Metro Nashville Police Department's sex crimes unit.

Vanderbilt Head Football Coach James Franklin addressed the investigation after practice Friday.

"I think you guys know how prideful I am, how much I care about this community, how much I care about this university, how much I care about this football program," he said. "I care about all of those things very deeply. Whenever something doesn't happen that's positive for all three of those things, it breaks my heart."

Investigators said the investigation was still ongoing and more charges could follow.

(The Associated Press contributed to this report.)

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