Sex crimes investigation at Vanderbilt nearing an end, police say

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, second from right, leads his team onto the field for the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game against North Carolina State, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

Vanderbilt head coach James Franklin, second from right, leads his team onto the field for the Music City Bowl NCAA college football game against North Carolina State, Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, in Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/Mark Humphrey)

NASHVILLE — A Metro police investigation involving four Vanderbilt football players is nearing an end following a week when sex crimes detectives traveled to the West Coast to examine leads in the case, a police spokesman said Monday.

The news comes two weeks after Vanderbilt released the names of the four players the university kicked off the team, suspended from school and banned from campus for violating team rules related to the ongoing investigation.

Metro police spokesman Don Aaron said Monday night that leads required two investigators to go to the West Coast last week. The officers have since returned, and police officials have remained in contact with the district attorney’s office.

“This investigation has been active since the very day the police department learned of it,” Aaron said. “I am not going to pin myself down on a time frame except to say the analysis of evidence gave us new leads that had to be pursued.

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EastTnVols962 writes:

This all just feels really odd. No arrests, and the players were only dismissed for violating team policy. What policy is that? don't sexually assult people? Mum is definitely the word on this one. Smells fishy to me.

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