Navy Football Players in Rape Investigation

3 accused of assaulting drunk female midshipman at party

By John Johnson,  Newser Staff

Posted May 31, 2013 5:11 PM CDT

(Newser) – The military has yet another high-profile sex-assault investigation on its hands, this one involving three unidentified players on the Navy football team, reports Military.com. They are accused of raping a drunk female midshipman during an off-campus party last year, reports the New York Times, which has interviewed the unidentified woman. The 21-year-old says she was drunk before she arrived at the party and continued drinking while there. She acknowledges that she doesn't remember much, apart from being on a bed with one player on the team and later in a car with three others.

“I was sitting on my knees on the floor in the back seat,” she tells the Times. “I remember briefly seeing them, and I remember crying, and being upset and saying I’m sorry.” A day later, when she noticed bruises on her body, she says one of the players admitted they had sex with her. Soon, rumors started flying around campus on social media—including a private Facebook page for players—and the woman went to authorities when she heard another female cadet was going to report the incident. No charges have been filed, but the graduation of one of the suspects has been delayed while the investigation continues. The three were allowed to play this season.

Navy Midshipmen celebrate a win over Army.
Navy Midshipmen celebrate a win over Army.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)
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