- Associated Press - Tuesday, January 21, 2014

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A Nashville judge has ordered that an ankle monitoring device be removed from a former Vanderbilt football player accused in a gang rape on campus.

Cory Batey was the only one of the four former football players accused in the rape to be ordered to wear the device. Batey was made to wear the device after jailers recorded the 19-year-old making statements saying he was never coming back to jail. The former football player was ordered to wear the device after making bail.

Batey has pleaded not guilty to five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of aggravated sexual battery. Batey’s attorney, Worrick Robinson, said his client never was a flight risk and was emotionally distraught when he made the statements while he found himself in jail.

“It’s not unusual for someone who has never been in jail in their life to make dramatic or desperate statements, and I think this is clearly the case in Mr. Batey’s situation,” Robinson said. Batey is a lifelong Nashville resident, the attorney said.

“I think it’s important to note that the other three defendants reside in California, Mississippi and Maryland, but none of those individuals had a monitoring device placed on them,” the lawyer said.

Robinson said the monitoring device was getting expensive for Batey, who was forced to pay about $400 a month for it. On Tuesday, Davidson County Criminal Court Judge Monte Watkins said Batey could remove the device but still had to appear before his bonding agent once a week until the case is resolved, Robinson said.

Batey and the other former Vandy players are accused of raping an unconscious student at a campus dorm in June.



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