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Three Navy players under investigation for sexual assault

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There’s the usual offseason trouble making, and then unfortunately there’s this. According to a report from Military.com, three Navy football players are under investigation for sexually assaulting a female midshipman. The academy confirmed there was an investigation on Thursday.

“Naval Academy leadership is monitoring the progress of this investigation and evaluating the appropriate options for adjudication,” Cmdr. John Schofield, the Naval Academy spokesman, said in a statement. “It is completely inappropriate to make any other public comment on this investigation or any ongoing investigation as we risk compromising the military justice process.”

The names of the three players allegedly involved have not been released and coach Ken Niumatalolo was not made available for comment. Details of the incident are almost nonexistent and a timetable for the length of the investigation is unknown. However, the news comes less than a week after President Barack Obama spoke at the Naval Academy for graduation where he mentioned the need for commissioned officers to fight the growing number of sexual assaults in both the academies and military as a whole.

The Military.com report cites a recent Defense Department survey that showed sexual assault incidents in the military  increased from 19,000 in 2010 to 26,000 in 2012. In the Naval Academy specifically, the number of sexual assaults increased from 11 to 15 from 2011 to 2012; the Air Force Academy saw an increase in incidents of sexual assault as well: from 33 to 52 in 2012.

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6 Responses to “Three Navy players under investigation for sexual assault”
  1. dmvtransplant says: May 31, 2013 11:26 AM

    I’m so tired of the public acting like the Academy guys are above everything. Air Force’s leading rusher last year was kicked out for being involved in a drug ring. And now this at Navy.

  2. 11inthebox says: May 31, 2013 11:47 AM

    dmvtransplant:

    Agreed. But people need something to believe in and because of what it ultimately stands for, the military is held to a higher standard.

    From General Petraeus’ extramarital affair (which in all fairness didn’t affect his performance) to the epidemic of sexual assaults, these events prove that while the military is comprised of many smart and disciplined men, they are unfortunately…just men.

  3. mgmac says: May 31, 2013 6:08 PM

    one of my kids went to high school with a guy that is entering his senior year at the Naval Academy. As a parent of a girl and a taxpayer I am sick and tired of these academy students molesting & assaulting the women that attend the schools. I am seriously considering sending this kid an email letting him know that anyone who commits these acts is not fit to become an officer and a gentleman

  4. drexelvol says: May 31, 2013 11:16 PM

    @mgmac – You won’t need to send an email to remind them of that.

    The USNA will Court-martial them and, if found guilty, will face severe punishment. Including, but not limited to, jail time, dishonorable discharge and made to pay for their education (over $50K/year).

  5. mgmac says: May 31, 2013 11:27 PM

    @drexelvol – my feelings are that the entire group of midshipman circle together and protect their own. They never reveal who did it even if they know.

  6. drexelvol says: Jun 1, 2013 5:43 PM

    @mgmac – I don’t believe that to be true. 99% of them are men and women of honor.

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