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Brandon Vandenburg’s court date delayed in Indio

While Brandon Vandenburg awaits formal sentencing after being found guilty of rape charges for an assault in a Vanderbilt University dorm room in 2013, his court date in Indio in connection to assaulting a local middle school security guard last year has been delayed.

According to the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office, Vandenburg is facing one count of misdemeanor battery against a security guard at Palm Desert Charter Middle School. The incident took place on February 27, 2014.

Authorities said Vandenburg entered the middle school around 3:30 p.m. and was contacted by security officer Jamie Tarascio. Vandenburg told him he was on his brother’s emergency contact list.

After Tarascio said he would have to confirm that, he turned his back and began walking into the school office. According to the arrest affidavit, Vandenburg then grabbed Tarascio’s sunglasses, which he was wearing at the time, causing a small dot-sized scratch under the security guard’s left eyebrow.

Officials said Vandenburg refused to give Tarascio’s sunglasses back and he had to be forced off the school’s campus. He then placed the security guard’s sunglasses on top of the school gate as he exited the campus, after being told police were called.

According to the DA’s office, Vandenburg was supposed to be in court on the charge last summer as well, but due to his rape trail in Tennessee, he wasn’t able to make it on either dates.

Officials said Vandenburg’s case has been delayed until March 25.

KESQ News Team


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