A former football player for Vanderbilt University was found guilty of the 2013 rape of an unconscious woman on the floor of a dorm room. Brandon Banks, now 23, is the third ex-football player from the Nashville university to be charged in the assault.
Banks is one of four men who were charged after police investigating a report of vandalism at the dorm found surveillance footage of the men carrying an unconscious woman into a room, according to BuzzFeed News.
The investigation uncovered 14 deleted videos and photos of the menraping and sexually assaulting the woman, The Tennessean reported. In recovered footage, Banks is reportedly seen penetrating the woman with a water bottle as his teammate Brandon Vandenburg urges him on, according to WTVF in Nashville.
During the trial this week, Banks took the stand and accused his former teammates of bullying him into participating in the assault and taking pictures of the victim, according to The Tennessean. Banks admitted to sexually touching her and said that he penetrated her with the bottle because Vandenburg told him to.
Banks also said that he feared his teammates would beat him up if he didn’t join them in the assault, AP reported.
Vandenburg, who was friends with the victim and had met her at a bar on the night of the assault, was found guilty in 2016 on five counts of aggravated rape, two counts of aggravated sexual battery and one count of unlawful photography during the assault, which took place in his dorm room. He was sentenced to 17 years in prison.
Corey Batey, another former football player at Vanderbilt, was also convicted and sentenced to 15 years in prison. The fourth former player, Jaborian “Tip” McKenzie, testified against his teammates in hopes of making a plea deal in his own case.
The victim took the stand Wednesday during Banks’ trial and recalled what she could on the night of the rape, WTVF reported.
She said that the last thing she remembered was Vandenburg, whom she had been dating, giving her a blue drink at the bar. The next morning, she said, she woke up alone on the floor of a dorm room that she didn’t recognize.
Wednesday’s trial marked the fifth time she testified against her assailants, according to AP.
WEBER COUNTY, Utah – Nicholas Alan Johnson is being charged with 11 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
According to the police report, one of the two victims, reported to her therapist that she had been raped early Thursday morning by 20-year-old Johnson, a friend of her older brother.
Police say she disclosed forced oral and vaginal sex in his car twice last week and this had been an ongoing issue since February.
Weber County Sheriff’s Office received the report that day and began collecting evidence for a sexual assault investigation.
The victim disclosed that on Thursday night she, her brother and Johnson had decided to go to McDonald’s to get food. She stated she got in the car with Johnson, who then left the house without waiting for her brother.
According to her statement, on the way to McDonald’s Johnson stopped the car and proceeded to have oral and vaginal sex with her.
Her brother stated, while driving to McDonald’s alone, Johnson called him and told him he was having car troubles and needed jumper cables. The brother claimed he headed home to look for jumper cables, but then received another call approximately ten minutes later from Johnson saying his car had started.
After regrouping and eating at McDonald’s, her brother stated that while he was using the restroom, the pair again left together.
The victim claims Johnson again stopped the car and made her have sex with him. She disclosed that Johnson did not use a condom during either incident.
According to the victims statement she had sexual relations with Johnson six to eight times beginning in February. All times but one occurring in his vehicle.
A search warrant was obtained for Johnson’s car and it was towed to the Weber County Sheriff’s Office for processing.
Johnson was contacted by officers at his apartment in Layton and he was brought in for questioning. The record states Johnson confessed to having sex with the victim twice the previous week and several times around February.
Johnson also confessed to three accounts of oral sex with a friend of the first victim, another 14-year-old, while he and the victims were together.
Police records state Johnson denied that any of the sexual encounters with either victim were forced.
Johnson was booked into jail for 11 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor, according to the police report. In total police say Johnson confessed to 8 incidents with first 14-year-old victim and 3 incidents with the second.
20-year-old arrested for 11 counts of unlawful sexual activity with a minor JUNE 26, 2017 BROCK DAMJANOVICH
Ocean City Police charged an 18-year-old man with rape and second-degree sex offense after he allegedly attacked a woman in a condominium bathroom Tuesday evening.
The victim reported the assault around 6:20 p.m., and was taken to Atlantic General Hospital by police for examination. While she was in the hospital, the woman told police that she was assaulted by Cameron G. Broaddus, of Coatesville, Maryland during a party at a condominium at 115th Street.
When the woman excused herself to use the bathroom, Broaddus followed her, according to the charging documents. He would not leave the bathroom, even though the woman told him repeatedly to leave.
As the woman sat down on the toilet, Broaddus pulled his pants down and approached her. When the woman pulled away, she hit the back of her head on the toilet seat.
At that point, Broaddus grabbed the victim’s head and forced her to have oral sex, the police report said. He also touched the woman inappropriately and attempted to kiss her.
Police said Broaddus then picked up the victim, pushed her against the sink and assaulted her, according to the police.
The victim said that she told him repeatedly to stop, but he did not listen. After the assault, she fell to the ground and cried while hearing her friend knock on the door. Eventually, her friend forced her way in the bathroom.
The friend said that she was concerned when the victim did not return from the bathroom after a few minutes. She got a mutual friend to unlock the bathroom door, but found it blocked by Broaddus.
When police interviewed Broaddus, he said that he was alone with the victim in the bathroom for 15 seconds and denied being there when the door was shut.
Nurses at AGH said that the woman sustained a knot on the back of her head, in addition to other injuries.
An Oakwood man faces statutory rape and child molestation charges in connection with incidents which occurred with a teenage girl over a period of more than 18 months.
Caleb Darrell Megginson, 19, is charged with two counts of statutory rape and aggravated child molestation, according to warrants. He was being held at the Hall County Jail without bond pending a committal hearing scheduled for July 10. He was arrested June 22.
One of the child molestation charges alleges Megginson had sex with the girl between Oct. 1, 2015, and July 12, 2016, when she was 14 years old. The other molestation charge alleges incidents between Jan. 1-31, 2017. The statutory rape charge alleges an incident on April 17 of this year.
The case remains under investigation by the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, according to spokesman Lt. Scott Ware.