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Three Navy football players to be charged with rape

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An alleged sexual assault last year will leave the playing careers — and freedom — of two Navy football players very much up in the air.

In a statement Monday afternoon, the U.S. Naval Academy announced that three unnamed Navy current and former football players will be charged with rape.  The military academy’s superintendent, Michael Miller, “has chosen to send the case to Article 32 proceedings” wrote Military.com.

An official charge sheet has yet to be completed, which is why the names of the three suspects have not been released.  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.

All three players were permitted to play football for the Midshipmen as the investigation into the alleged rape continued.

From the website, here’s a description of the alleged attack:

The female midshipman who reported the sexual assault attended a party at an off-campus property known as the “football house” in Annapolis in April 2012, according to a statement from her lawyer, Susan Burke. …

The midshipman woke up at the football house the next morning “with little recall of what had occurred,” according to the statement. She later found out through friends and social media that three football players had “sexual intercourse with her while she was incapacitated,” according to the statement.

The female midshipman reported the incident to NCIS, saying she was intoxicated and didn’t remember much from the night. NCIS started an investigation in April 2012 that continued throughout the summer and into the fall.

The investigation was closed in November, but was reopened two months later after the alleged victim’s attorney spoke to NCIS.  In February, the investigation was reopened.

(Photo credit: MilitaryTimes.com)

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20 Responses to “Three Navy football players to be charged with rape”
  1. polegojim says: Jun 17, 2013 6:55 PM

    Reset the Days Without An Arrest Clock again.

    Very sad for her… but horrible decisions all around.

  2. fatcamper says: Jun 17, 2013 7:33 PM

    @polegojim your post was a horrible decision.

    You’re attempting to pass part of the blame to the victim. She drank too much and passed out. Most of our wives and mothers did the same thing at some point in their youth. It’s not a crime, and nobody besides maybe some bed sheets would have been hurt. This isn’t a “horrible decision.”

    The defendants on the other hand – if the accusations are true – raped her, and more than likely left her with long-lasting problems.

  3. thefiesty1 says: Jun 17, 2013 7:37 PM

    Should have gotten Gibbs, DeNozzo and Ziva David involved early. Case would have been solved by now.

  4. beavisandbutthead2000 says: Jun 17, 2013 7:49 PM

    uhhuh huhuh huhuh huh huhuh they scored. Uhhuh huh huhh uhuh

  5. jackvcr says: Jun 17, 2013 8:03 PM

    Flog and then fry the people who made the decision to close the case last November.

  6. classyjacklambert says: Jun 17, 2013 8:16 PM

    I would like to see more conclusive evidence before passing judgment. If they took advantage of a passed out or incapacitated female, sentence them. But it doesn’t seem like anything is very damning at this point.

  7. lbijake says: Jun 17, 2013 9:45 PM

    @fatcamper,
    I agree. Many a time in college I was extremely intoxicated and yet did not get raped (I am a male). May be a bad decision on my part but did not have to endure her crisis. Hope for the best for her.

  8. wethog66 says: Jun 17, 2013 11:35 PM

    @fatcamper

    Under age drinking is a poor decision and is against the law.

    Having said that, as a father of 2 daughters, if she was indeed raped those responsible should be castrated prior to incarceration.

    As for the football players being allowed to continue to play football as the investigation took place, innocent until proven guilty. Google Brian Banks.

  9. overratedgators says: Jun 17, 2013 11:44 PM

    Hey “beavisandbutthead”: you know what the funniest part of this is?

    Nothing. There is no funny part of this. Grow up.

  10. kac360 says: Jun 18, 2013 12:29 AM

    Shades of Kyle Eckel..

  11. 11thstreetmafia says: Jun 18, 2013 12:31 AM

    Was she extra drunk or was she passed out. There is a huge difference.

  12. polegojim says: Jun 18, 2013 1:42 AM

    @fatcamper… I didn’t say anything remotely close to that… but nice soapbox you pulled out there so quickly.

    It was a BAD decision for her to get so drunk that she passed out… period. That’s just plain foolish, bad bad bad bad bad judgement.

    Out of control in public … bad things WILL happen.

    and… I hope the guys get every ounce of justice coming to them, without excuses.

  13. fatcamper says: Jun 18, 2013 8:20 AM

    @polegojim
    “Out of control in public … bad things WILL happen.”
    Whether you admit it or not you are assigning fault to the victim with words like this. It should never be assumed that “BAD things will happen.” It becomes rape justification at that point.

  14. alligatorsnapper says: Jun 18, 2013 10:17 AM

    I am glad the old navy guy, the physician with southernpatriots is up in Moore, OK now. Recently, the big scandal breaking in the military is that a large amount (some have called it “epidemic”) behavior of sexual assault is not reported or if reported, nothing is done.

    Maybe with the pressure being put on the military brass at this time, they knew they had to do something with this case, rather than letting it just sink slowly into the water.

  15. bigdinla says: Jun 18, 2013 10:29 AM

    2 things I feel need to be mentioned.

    1) if people SAW the guys raping the girl why the hell did they not intervene? Who watches a rape?

    2) fatguycamper- it is not her fault, but she does have to accept some blame unless she was drugged. If you go into a shady part of town late at night and get mugged, you made a poor decision. Doesn’t make you at fault, but you did put yourself in a vulnerable position.

  16. dylude says: Jun 18, 2013 10:40 AM

    If you’re a father then you ought to teach your daughters that you’re the only man in the world who she can trust with her welfare. I hate these stories because either a horrific crime was committed or an intoxicated girl can’t remember giving signs, hints, or even consent that she wanted intercourse. It’s one or the other. Either these guys are animals without concern for another human being’s welfare or mental stability OR she was too drunk to remember verbally “consenting”.

    I’ve seen intoxicated girls make offers, sexual jokes, etc that they never would have made while sober and there is a good chance if she was drunk enough she wouldn’t remember her own words.

    How do you judge something like this? Without cameras and microphones this is just a mess with no resolution. I doubt many witnesses will come forward because if you watched 3 guys rape a passed out girl, I think you should be prosecuted and ridiculed for being a terrible person.

    As a recent college grad, I actually blame her parents, her friends, and the girl for putting herself in a bad situation. In this day and age I don’t assume that I can pass out somewhere other than my home and wake up safe. But if the details come out that this was a gang rape then all that goes out the window, and the primary blame stays with the criminals.

    If I leave my car unlocked you can blame me for being dumb, but once a criminal steals something they are to blame for the crime even though it was poor judgment to leave my car unlocked.

    But once again, how could we possibly know when the vicim doesn’t even really know?

  17. goodellisruiningtheleague says: Jun 18, 2013 11:27 AM

    This sounds eerily similar to the Duke lacrosse case. I’ll reserve judgment until after the trial.

  18. florida727 says: Jun 18, 2013 12:11 PM

    I have mixed feelings on this type situation.

    On the one hand, no one deserves to go through what this girl had to go through, a rape, without having those responsible for the crime receive the punishment they are due.

    Conversely, we have become too much a society where no one accepts responsibility for their own behavior. Someone else is always to “blame”, when in fact, as others have said, you create a situation for yourself that’s unsafe.

    Does she have the right to go to a party, have fun, with a reasonable expectation of not suffering consequences like this (a rape)? Of course she does. But doesn’t she also bear at least some level of responsibility to not get stupidly drunk to the point of passing out or not being able to remember what she did? I’m thinking yeah.

    Bottom line: all of the FACTS are unknown. Could they have “raped” her? Of course. Could she also have given consent and not remembered it? That’s a possibility too. That’s why we have a criminal justice system. So we don’t rush to judgment and just assume someone is guilty before being proven so.

    And, yeah, there are similarities to the Duke lacrosse case (conflicting stories revolving around sex v. rape). One exception though: she’s obviously not a slut that got paid to take her clothes off at the party.

  19. classyjacklambert says: Jun 18, 2013 8:14 PM

    “she’s obviously not a slut that got paid to take her clothes off at the party.”

    I’m not saying you’re wrong but how is this obvious? There doesn’t seem to be a lot of detail yet.

  20. dmvtransplant says: Jun 18, 2013 8:20 PM

    For those of you that have no idea how the world works around DC:

    1. Female reports a rape
    2. NCIS spends a weekend asking 3 guys one question – “are you a rapist”
    3. Three sailors say “no”
    4. Case is closed
    5. Female’s lawyer meets with NCIS (translated – informs NCIS there will be a press conference naming the agents that don’t believe rape is a crime)
    6. Case is reopened
    7. Academy punts and charges are filed

    Even if they didn’t do it the Navy will probably make an example of them.

    Like I said, before the Academy doesn’t make perfect people just more disciplined ones.

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