The scandal engulfing Vanderbilt University’s star football team goes on as star wide receiver Chris Boyd of Roswell, Georgia, has been arrested and charged with aiding a cover-up, reports The Tennessean.
On June 23, a girl was raped while she was unconscious in Gillette Hall at the university. The four suspects of the rape were seen on CCTV footage nearby just after the attack occurred.
Here’s what you need to know about the latest suspect…
1. Boyd Posted Bail on Saturday Morning
The wide receiver, 21, surrendered himself to Nashville Police on August 17. He was bonded out of jail shortly afterward on a $25,000 bail. Boyd was indicted with being an accessory after the fact in what’s officially being referred to by police as an “attempted cover-up.” He has been suspended from the Vanderbilt team with the college calling the allegations “deeply troubling.”
2. He’s Being Charged With Two Other New Suspects
Boyd is charged with two of his team mates, Miles Joseph Finley, 19, and Joseph Quinzio, 20, of California. They are charged with tampering with electronic evidence related to the allegation. According to reports Finley attempted to flee authorities when they came to arrest him on August 16 but was apprehended. Quinzio was also arrested the same day. The pair are both being held in California prior to being extradited to Nashville, both are being held on a bail of $150,000.
3. Boyd is One of the Stars of Vanderbilt
Boyd is a highly decorated high school and college player. His 2012 season was described as “one of the finest receiving seasons” by the college. He played in all 13 of the team’s games. His official profile, just for 2012, reads like this:
Boyd’s 50 catches ranks tied for No. 3 all-time among Vanderbilt sophomores and ninth among SEC receivers… His 774 receiving yards ranks eighth in the league… Boyd had at least three catches in 11 of 13 games this season, and surpassed 60 receiving yards in eight games… Concluded the season with five touchdown catches in final six games of the year… Opened Commodore scoring in Franklin American Mortgage Music City Bowl with remarkable one-handed TD catch that earned ESPN SportsCenter’s No. 1 play of the day…
Had four total catches in bowl win… Also earned SportsCenter’s No. 1 play for an acrobatic TD catch in victory over Tennessee… Established new career high with 110 receiving yards at Georgia… Match previous high of six catches in three games, including at Northwestern, vs. Auburn and at Kentucky… Posted touchdowns in four consecutive late-season games… Through two years of action, Boyd has 81 career receptions, 1,247 receiving yards and 13 TD catches.
4. More May Be Arrested
This may not be the end of the arrests related to the horrific assault. Metro Nashville Police Chief Steve Anderson told reporters:
We are looking at all persons who may have been involved in this event, before, during and after the fact. Additional charges cannot be ruled out.
So far those charged are:
Brandon Vandenburg, 20, from Indio, California.
Cory Batey, 19, of Nashville, Tennessee.
Brandon Eric Banks, 19, from Brandywine, Maryland.
Jaborian McKenzie, 18, from Woodville, Mississippi.
They are all charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg also faces charges relating to tampering with evidence and unlawful photography. All have posted bail except for Vandenburg.
5. The Two Other Players Arrested Have History With Brandon Vandenburg
According to records, Finley and Quinzio played football in high school with Brandon Vandenburg, one of the rape suspects. The three attended Xavier College in Palm Desert, California. Finley and Quinzio are due to begin taking classes in Vanderbilt this fall.