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Vanderbilt sex crime investigation continues

NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -

The investigation into an alleged sexual assault involving four Vanderbilt football players continues, and evidence has been submitted to the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

The university released a statement Saturday morning saying that four players, who have not been identified, have been kicked off the team and suspended from the university immediately, pending further investigation into sex crime allegations.

Three of the four former players have hired attorneys. High-profile Nashville lawyer Worrick Robinson is now representing two of the players while Grover Collins has been hired by a third former player.

No arrests have been made, and no charges have been filed. The district attorney's office is meeting with detectives on any possible charges as the investigation progresses, Metro police said.

It could take weeks before charges are filed, if at all, or the former players are named in public, because the case may go directly to the grand jury.

Collins said he wouldn't be surprised if the case were presented directly to the grand jury due to the nature of the allegations. He added the district attorney's office is sensitive to protecting the alleged victim's rights and identity no matter the outcome of the investigation.

Metro police detectives began investigating after they were notified by Vanderbilt University police of the alleged assault, which was reported to have occurred June 23 inside a campus dormitory. Since that time, police say they have interviewed a number of people and collected evidence to send to the TBI Crime Laboratory.

The players are not allowed back on campus for any reason without permission from the Office of Student Conduct and Academic Integrity, the university said.

The TBI said it is common for police departments to send evidence to the state lab, but the agency would not say what kind of evidence has been collected.

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