Vanderbilt WR, 2 others jailed in campus rape case - WKRN News 2

Vanderbilt WR, 2 others jailed in campus rape case

Posted: Updated: Aug 19, 2013 9:15 AM
Vanderbilt WR Chris Boyd, 21, surrendered to police Saturday morning. Vanderbilt WR Chris Boyd, 21, surrendered to police Saturday morning.
Joseph Quinzio, 20, was taken into custody Friday evening. Joseph Quinzio, 20, was taken into custody Friday evening.
Miles Finley was taken into custody in California on Friday. Miles Finley was taken into custody in California on Friday.
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -

A Vanderbilt University wide receiver and two California men are jailed in connection to a rape that allegedly occurred on the campus of Vanderbilt University in June.

Receiver Chris Boyd, 21, is accused of taking part in an attempted cover up of the June 23 sexual assault of an unconscious 21-year-old female student in the Gillette House dormitory.

He was indicted Friday on one felony count of being an accessory after the fact.

Boyd surrendered to authorities around 8:45 a.m. Saturday and was released later in the day on $25,000 bond.

His arraignment has been scheduled for Wednesday.

In a statement, Vice Chancellor for Public Affairs Beth Fortune said Boyd has been suspended from the football team pending further review.

"All of these allegations, including those brought today, are deeply troubling, and we take them very seriously," the statement read, in part.

Miles Finley, 19, of Bermuda Dunes, California, and Joseph Dominick Quinzio, 20, of Palm Desert, California, are each charged with one felony count of tampering with evidence.

They were also indicted Friday.

Metro police said Finley and Quinzio, both acquaintances of former football player Brandon Vandenburg, allegedly tampered with electronic evidence involved in the case.

Finley was arrested on Friday by authorities in Riverside County, California.

Quinzio surrendered later that day.

Both men are being held as fugitives wanted by the state of Tennessee.

"As District Attorney [Torry] Johnson and Steve Anderson have said, this case is open and active. We will continue to investigate who may have been involved and who may have had knowledge prior, during and after this alleged sexual assault," police spokesperson Don Aaron said.

He continued, "If new charges need to be brought or further meetings with the grand jury need to take place, they will."

Vandenburg and fellow ex-football players Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie, Brandon Banks and Cory Batey each face five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery in the case.

Vandenburg is additionally charged with one count of tampering with evidence and one count of unlawful photography.

McKenzie and Banks were arrested and released on bond last weekend.

McKenzie entered a not guilty plea Tuesday.

Batey was released earlier Friday.

Vandenburg remains jailed on a $350,000 bond.

An arraignment for all four men is scheduled for August 21.

The players were dismissed from Vanderbilt's football team June 29.  They remain on interim suspension from the university.

Vanderbilt students returning to campus are well aware of the story that has made national headlines beyond the sports world.

"Its a tragedy, but not representative of this school," said Robert Fay, who said he knows a lot of football players because he plays on the field with the school's band.

"Being in the band, I have a closer relationship with the football team than, like, a lot of other students on campus, and they tell they just want to keep moving forward," he explained.

Another band member told News 2 she was glad Vanderbilt took swift action against players who have been charged.

"We are glad that people who don't deserve to be on the team are not on our team," said Sousaphone player Rebecca Tarby. "We have standards, and I am glad they are being upheld."

After a closed Saturday night scrimmage, Coach James Franklin wanted to focus on his players saying the team "looked good, we are moving forward and carrying on."

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