Penn State Football Head Coach Franklin Under Scrutiny; Met Alleged Rape Victim at Vanderbilt

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Pennsylvania State University Nittany Lions football head coach James Franklin has been linked to meeting with an alleged rape victim (unconscious rape) during his tenure at Vanderbilt University, via SportingNews and the Tennessean.

Four Football players (via the Tennessean, B. Vandenburg, C. Batey, B.E. Banks, J. McKenzie) were charged with 5 counts of aggravated rape and 2 counts of aggravated sexual battery. Vandenburg also is charged with one count of unlawful photography and tampering with evidence. All four plead not guilty and are free on bonds ranging from $50,000 to $350,000.

Since being hired, Deputy District Attorney General Tom Thurman has accused Perez of destroying evidence and Osko of practicing law in Tennessee without a license. Vandenburg’s attorneys earlier this week filed a motion asking for the case to be dismissed, accusing Thurman of overreaching. Or, if it isn’t dismissed, they’re asking for the case to be prosecuted by someone outside of the Davidson County District Attorney General’s Office.

Read the rest of Vandenburg taking the stand via the Tennessean.

In relation to former Vanderbilt head coach, James Franklin, Vandenburg‘s attorneys commented:

“Crucial and material information to the defense of Vandenburg was destroyed or not preserved. Coach Franklin called her (the rape victim) in for a private meeting and told her he wanted her to get fifteen pretty girls together and form a team to assist with the recruiting even though he knew it was against the rules. He added that all the other colleges did it.”

Franklin has declined to comment at this time.

6 former female students at Vanderbilt University have claimed sexual assault charges, and the federal government has decided to investigate the university’s history of sexual assault charges.

Sarah O’Brien, graduate of Vanderbilt, says she was sexually assaulted in 2010; the Tennessean does not normally name victims of sexual assault, but O’Brien has asked to be identified.

“The opening of an investigation means quite a lot to myself and my co complainants. Specifically, it gives us some peace knowing that other people agree that Vanderbilt does not handle cases of sexual violence and stalking correctly. Similarly, it will bring other things to light in how although Vanderbilt claims they have been trying to fix the issues they have not been.”

Sexual assault has become more common than it should be, and as a proud son and brother of women I am completely proud of, this crime needs to stop.


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