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Former Vanderbilt Player Vandenburg Released On Bond

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NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Former Vanderbilt University football player Brandon Vandenburg has been released from jail after posting bond.

Vandenburg was released Wednesday afternoon. He had been held on $350,000 bond. He was one of four former players charged for his alleged involvement in the rape of an unconscious student in a dormitory.

The California native was charged August 9 along with other former players Cory Batey, 19; Brandon Banks, 19, of Maryland; and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, 18, from Mississippi. They were indicted on 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.

Batey, Banks and McKenzie were already free on bond.

Officials with the Metro Nashville Police Department said the four defendants raped an 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 dismissed the players June 29 and kicked them off campus pending the investigation by the Metro Nashville Police Department's sex crimes unit.

The investigation was still ongoing. Officials said more charges could still be filed.

Three other men also faced charges in connection with the incident, including Vanderbilt student and Commodore wide receiver Chris Boyd.

He was charged with one felony count of being an accessory after the fact.

Authorities said Boyd was accused of taking part in an attempted cover up of the sexual assault through his advice to certain defendants who were already indicted in the case.

Two other California men were also indicted in connection with the case.

Miles Joseph Finley, 19, and Joseph Dominick Quinzio, 20, both of California, were charged with one felony count each of tampering with evidence. Police said Finley and Quinzio were acquaintances of Vandenburg.

Finley and Quinzio allegedly tampered with certain electronic evidence in the case.

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