Vanderbilt Football Star Confesses to Covering Up Alleged Gang Rape

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Vanderbilt University dismissed a wide receiver from the university football team and athletic program on Tuesday, four days after he pleaded guilty to helping cover up an alleged gang rape on campus, CNN reports.

Chris Boyd pleaded guilty to one count of being an accessory after the fact. He accepted a yearlong probation sentence and agreed to testify against four others accused directly of the crime.

Davidson County deputy district attorney Tom Thurman argued in court that Brandon Vendenburg brought an unconscious Vanderbilt student to several of his friends who all sexually assaulted the young woman. Vanderburg then texted 21-year-old football player Boyd a picture of the victim—a text that Boyd promptly erased so his girlfriend would not see it.

Boyd then allegedly helped move the victim out of the room where she had been assaulted. Several texts among Boyd and others discussing the incident followed later that night and the next day.