Vanderbilt wide receiver Chris Boyd turned himself in to Nashville police on Saturday after being indicted as an accessory to an alleged rape on campus. Boyd was later released on $25,000 bond.
Boyd was suspended by the football team on Friday afternoon when news of his indictment broke. The program has yet to make a formal decision on his future.
The redshirt junior was the fifth Commodore to be indicted in the alleged sexual assault that took place on June 30th in a Vanderbilt dorm room. Brandon Vandenburg, Cory Batey, Tip McKenzie, and Brandon Banks have all been charged with five counts of aggravated rape and two counts of sexual battery each. Vandenburg was also charged with unlawful photography and tampering with evidence. Those four players have since been removed from the football program and barred from returning to Vandy's Nashville campus.
Boyd's bail costs were considerably lower than those of the other two men indicted as accessories to the crime. Miles Finley and Joseph Quinzio, two associates of Vandenburg's from California, will be held pending a $150,000 bond. Neither man is associated with Vanderbilt. However, this additional cost may be more closely related to their current status as out-of-state fugitives than their role in the crime and ongoing investigation.
Vanderbilt will now prepare for their season opener against Ole Miss without Boyd in the lineup. The versatile receiver had 50 catches last year and emerged as a significant scoring threat late in 2012. His late touchdown helped carry the 'Dores over Mississippi in dramatic fashion last fall. His duties will likely fall on senior Jonathan Krause, though a stacked group of true freshman wideouts could also make a play for his starting spot.
We will have more updates on Boyd as Vanderbilt and the Metro Nashville Police release more information.