U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen Face Rape Charges

U.S. Naval Academy Midshipmen Face Rape Charges

Football players at the U.S. Naval Academy in Maryland will soon be charged with rape, as Annys Shin reports for the Washington Post, which was allegedly perpetrated against a female midshipman (students are known as “midshipman” at the Naval Academy) in 2012 at a house party that took place off-campus.

There appear to be at least three male midshipmen involved in the alleged crime, all of whom face – if the charges are proven – the usual punishment like time behind bars, but also risk losing their careers by getting kicked out of the military.

Prosecutors involved in the case began investigating a year ago and recently recommended to Superintendent Vice Admiral Michael Miller that charges be filed against the Midshipmen. According to Shin, Miller has always followed the course of action recommended by military prosecutors in other criminal cases. So a preliminary hearing is next on the agenda.

The alleged sex assault victim’s lawyer said that Miller was dragging his feet, given the length of the investigation. At the same time, this case and others involving sex crimes continue to plague the armed services, calling into question commanders’ willingness and ability to punish military students and servicemembers for committing sex crimes.

Source: Naval Academy football players face charges over alleged 2012 rape

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