Former Vanderbilt football player accused in rape case playing for Butte College

Sep 8, 2014 7:46 PM by Brian Doyle

A former Vanderbilt University football player charged with rape is back on the football field this season at Butte College.

Brandon Banks, a defensive back for the Butte College Roadrunners is on the roster despite the fact that he is facing five counts of aggravated rape in Nashville.

Banks 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.

Butte College Director of Student Services Al Renville told Action News Now that 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.

The trial for Vandenburg and Batey is set to begin on November 3, and Banks is scheduled to appear in a Nashville courtroom again on October 31 at 9 a.m. for a status hearing.


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