DA calls Vanderbilt's findings in rape case 'irrelevant'
Jan 16, 2014 07:15 PM
NASHVILLE, Tenn. -
As four former Vanderbilt University students await trial for their involvement in an alleged rape of an unconscious student in a dorm room, Davidson County's District Attorney is brushing off a new report surrounding one of the suspects.
A civilian review by the university found there was "insufficient evidence" that ex-football player Brandon Vandenburg participated in the June rape.
DA Torry Johnson, however, called the findings "irrelevant."
"Well, first off all, he wasn't cleared of anything," he said, continuing, "It's my understanding that they found sufficient grounds that he was expelled for violating their sexual conduct, but as you point out, it's a different process, different procedure. [It] has absolutely no bearing on the criminal case."
Vandenburg and former teammates Brandon Banks, Cory Batey and Jaborian "Tip" McKenzie are charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery from the allege incident that occurred in June.
Vandenburg is additionally charged with unlawful photography and tampering with evidence.
All four have since been kicked off Vanderbilt's football team. They have pleaded not guilty to the crime and are out of jail on bond.