Vanderbilt rape victim condemns jury verdict from ex-player

former football player being convicted of lesser charges.

Jurors found Cory Batey guilty Friday night of a host of charges, but only agreed on one of five counts of the most serious charge of aggravated rape, which carries a penalty of 15 to 25 years in prison.

‘I am deeply disappointed in the jury’s verdict,’ the woman said in a statement.

This was the second time Batey went to trial. Batey and former teammate Brandon Vandenburg were tried last year and convicted on multiple aggravated rape charges. The verdicts were thrown out because the jury foreman did not reveal that he was a victim of statutory rape.

Jurors found Cory Batey guilty Friday night of a host of charges, but only agreed on one of five counts of the most serious charge of aggravated rape, which carries a penalty of 15 to 25 years in prison. Batey is seen on Tuesday
Batey is seen in this photograph    Former Vanderbilt football player Brandon Vandenburg is seen in January 2015

In June, Vanderburg’s trial is set to take place, the Tennessean reported.

Vanderburg and two other ex-players are also charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg is facing an additional charge of unlawful photography.

Police said they recovered images and videos from the players’ cellphones. Testimony showed that one of the players sent video of the assault to friends while it was happening.

The woman could be facing testifying again in three additional trials.

In Batey’s case, jurors dropped down the additional four aggravated rape charges to two counts of attempted aggravated rape, facilitation of aggravated rape and aggravated sexual battery.

They also convicted him of the additional two counts of aggravated sexual battery.

Batey (seen playing for Vanderbilt's football team in October 2012) will be sentenced in May 

They finished around 11pm, after spending approximately 2.5 hours deliberating, according to the Tennessean.

Assistant District Attorney Jan Norman told WFTV: ‘Rape victims need to know there are prosecutors out there who will do whatever it takes for them.’

Defense attorney Warrick Robinson also spoke to the TV station, saying of his client: ‘Mr. Batey is very somber right now.

‘I think at this point the travesty of all of it is even more clear than it has been

‘There are no winners here, only losers and survivors.’

Assistant District Attorney General Jan Norman listens during former Vanderbilt football player Cory Batey's trial Thursday in Nashville, Tennessee

Referring to the jury, he told WFTV: ‘In general they want to get it finished. You never want to see a jury rush through anything.

‘My first glance is they spent more time and more consideration than the prior jury.’

According to the Tennessean, the woman said ‘It’s me’ after she was presented with an image of the rape by prosecutors.

‘Cory Batey was guilty of each count of aggravated rape beyond a reasonable doubt last year, and he is no less guilty today,’ the woman said.

She said defense attorneys had harassed her with impunity for three years and that she and other victims deserve better.

Her statement comes before Batey’s sentencing in May and before Vandenburg’s scheduled retrial in June. The other trials have not been scheduled.

Source: The DailyMail

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