Jun 19 2013, 1:13am CDT | by Poch de la Rosa
A female midshipman reported she was sexually assaulted by three Navy football players in 2012.
According to Michael Hoffman of Military.com, the three players have not been named by the Naval Academy as the Navy has yet to complete the official charge sheet. However, the institution released a statement on Monday confirming that Superintendent Michael Miller has chosen to send the case to Article 32 proceedings.
The female midshipman's attorney, Susan Burke, says her client attended a party at an off-campus property known as the "football house" in Annapolis in April 2012. Hoffman implicitly stated in his article it is not Military.com's policy to name victims of sexual assault, so the victim's name was not divulged.
The victim then woke up the following morning "with little recall of what occurred" per Burke. She later found out through friends and social media that three football players had "sexual intercourse with her while she was incapacitated."
John Taylor of NBC Sports says with the official charge sheet yet to be completed, the names of the three suspects have not been released. He did say two of the suspects are current Navy football players while the third was set to graduate in May but was denied the opportunity because of the criminal case.
Cmdr. John Schoefield, an academy spokesman, declined to speak about specific details.
"It is completely inappropriate to make public comment on this investigation or any ongoing investigation as we risk compromising the military justice process."
NBC Sports' Jacqueline Klimas reports on June 17 via Burke that the victim was disciplined for drinking after reporting the incident to the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. However, the three football players faced no consequences and the investigation was closed.
Burke then alleged one of the accused suspects told the victim not to cooperate with NCIS and that the academy closed the investigation in 2012, citing the victim's unwillingness to cooperate as the reason.
The victim then touched base with Burke in 2013 which paved the way for the re-opening of the investigation, per Klimas.
This is the second recent sexual assault court case at the academy involving heavy drinking and lapses in memory. Earlier this month, a Marine major and former academy instructor was sentenced to jail time of 60 days for having inappropriate relations with two female midshipmen.
Poch de la Rosa
Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.
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