Four college football players from Vanderbilt University have been charged with five counts of aggravated rape with an additional two charges of aggravated sexual battery. They were indicted Friday. This group includes Brandon Vandenburg, a 20-year-old Californian who is considered a top recruit of his 2013 signing class, according to WLTX.com.
Here’s what you need to know about Brandon Vandenburg and the latest rape scandal to rock college sports.
1. He’s Accused Of Raping an Unconscious Woman in His Dorm Room
Vandenburg and three other Vanderbilt football players have been indicted on charges of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery. The the young athletes allegedly raped an unconscious woman in Vandenburg’s dorm room at the university on June 23. According to WLTX.com, police were alerted to the crime after examining security camera footage for an unrelated crime. Police have called the evidence “compelling” and “unsettling.”
The four players have been suspended from the university “effective immediately, pending further investigation and/or a hearing,” and cannot return to the university campus “without explicit permission.”
“The well-being of our students is of paramount concern to us, and we will not tolerate any actions that threaten safety and security,” said Vanderbilt vice chancellor for public affairs Beth Fortune.
“This is an open and very much active investigation,” said Don Aaron, spokesman for the Nashville Police Department.
2. He’s a Top Tight End Recruit For Vanderbilt
Brandon Vandenburg has been talked about as one of the nation’s top junior-college recruits. According to the Tennessean, Vandenburg signed with Vanderbilt University out of college, when he attended the College of the Desert in Palm Desert, California in February. He was also expected to compete for a started position on the team this season.
3. Vandenburg Formerly Attended Xavier College Prep High School & College of the Desert
Vandenburg attended the Xavier College Preparatory School in Phoenix, AZ, according to USDToreros.com. He was a four-year varsity letterman in football, where he lpayed under head coach Darrel Lewis. He broke the Desert Valley League record for most receiving yards with 22 catches and 88 defensive tackles in his senior year. Vandenburg was also named the league’s top receiver in his junior year, with 17 catches and 64 tackles. He also recorded 55 tackles in his sophomore year.
To top that off, he also was a three-year varsity letterman in basketball not to mention being a one-year varsity letterman in both baseball and track & field.
4. Vandenburg is An Honors Student
— Brandon Vandenburg (@Vandenburg85) February 14, 2013
Vandenburg briefly attended the University of San Diego, where his academic success earned him a spot as an honors student.
5. His Parents Are Former Athletes
Brandon’s parents, Rod and Shawna Vandenburg, are both former atheletes. Rod is a former professional tennis player. Shawna played college basketball.