Four dismissed Vanderbilt players formally charged in sex crime

Former dismissed Vanderbilt football players Cory Batey, JaBorian "Tip" McKenzie, Brandon Vandenburg and Brandon Banks were each charged on Friday with aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery, according to The Tennessean.

Police say the four players raped an unconscious woman in Vandenburg's dormitory residence on June 23. Additional charges of unlawful photography and tampering with evidence were also leveled against Vandenburg. Batey was taken into custody Friday. Vandenburg and McKenzie were taken into custody Saturday morning, the Tennessean reported, and Banks, of Maryland, remains at large.

None had ever appeared in a game for the Commodores. Vanderbilt dismissed the players from school in June, and released their names just days before head coach James Franklin faced reporters at SEC Media Days last month in Hoover, Ala.

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