Sep 9, 2014 2:01 PM by News Staff
A former Vanderbilt University football player, and current Butte College student charged with 5 counts of aggravated rape has been dismissed from the team, Butte College President Dr. Kimberly Perry announced Tuesday.
Brandon Banks, 19, is one of four former Vanderbilt football players accused of raping an unconscious woman in a campus dorm on June 23, 2013.
The case made national headlines when all four players were expelled and indicted in August of 2013 on rape and battery charges. Banks along with former teammates Brandon Vandenburg, Cory Batey and Jaborian McKenzie all pleaded not guilty and are currently out of jail on bond.
Perry said in statement that "Butte College has a strong code of conduct for all student athletes, and clearly with the charges pending, the student should not have been allowed to participate on the team," said Perry. "We remain committed to providing a safe and secure learning and working environment for students, faculty, and staff. We also ask that the public respect the students' privacy and let the judicial process work before the student is pre-judged to be guilty of any crime."
In an interview with Action News Now on Monday, Director of Student Services Al Renville said he was contacted by the school's athletic director and asked if there would be an issue with a student accused of sexual assault at a former college attending Butte. Renville said that because Banks has not been prosecuted of anything there is no reason he can't attend Butte College, and participate on the football team.
Perry said that an immediate review of athletic enrollment policies will take place, but Banks will still be enrolled and allowed to attend classes at Butte College.
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