Naval Academy Charges 3 Footballers in Rape Case
Victim was disciplined for drinking: lawyer
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 20, 2013 8:24 AM CDT
The United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md.   (AP Photo/Kathleen Lange, File)

(Newser) – The US Naval Academy yesterday charged three midshipmen—all current or former football players—with sexually assaulting a female student at an off-campus house in Annapolis in April 2012. The academy said in a news release that the male midshipmen are being charged with two violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. One charge involves rape, sexual assault, or other sexual misconduct. The other is for making a false official statement.

The case has brought renewed focus to how the nation's military academies handle reports of sexual assaults. "Even if this case is successfully prosecuted, the larger problem remains," the woman's lawyer, Susan Burke, said in a statement. "Rape cases in the military are controlled by untrained and biased commanders whose career interests may be served by covering up incidents like this one." The woman reported the allegations to Navy criminal investigators and was disciplined for drinking while the athletes, one of whom discouraged her from cooperating, were permitted to continue playing, Burke has said. Two of the students were football players this past season, but they are not on the team anymore. Another is still on the team, but he has been suspended pending the outcome of the case.

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Jun 20, 2013 9:32 PM CDT
Oh my, what about Navy football? Pathetic USNA, let's focus more on morals and academics than winning some stupid Commander in Chief trophy.
Jun 20, 2013 11:19 AM CDT
The Cream of American Youth...huh....HUH ?! Jesus, this pisses me of. The female midshipman was gigged for drinking in that house ? But the Football Imbiciles get to stay on the team. Victim blaming, conviction thrown out by a C.O. more concerned with his/her career than setting rapists free to victimize more young women trying to serve their country and improve themselves. As Forrest Gump once said "It's a bunch of shit". If you keep doin' what you did, you're gonna keep gettin' what ya got !
Jun 20, 2013 9:14 AM CDT
Bring on Nifong!