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AP identifies three connected to Navy sexual assault case


In a statement last Monday, the U.S. Naval Academy announced that three current and former Navy football players would be charged with rape stemming from an incident that occurred in April of 2012. Since the case is still headed toward an Article 32 hearing, which determine if there is evidence to proceed to a court-martial, the names of the three suspects have not been officially released.

However, the Associated Press says it has identified the three suspects in the case: defensive backs Tra’ves Bush and Eric Graham. and linebacker Josh Tate. Bush’s grandfather told the AP his grandson had a previous relationship with the woman making the claims, but that the midshipman didn’t know about the alleged assault.

The younger Bush declined comment to the AP. “I’m not speaking on anything regarding that situation,” he said.

Tate and Graham’s names first appeared in connection to the case via The (Annapolis, Md.) Capital. The two could not be reached for comment for the AP story.

The three midshipmen connected to the case are accused of violating two articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice: one charge of rape, sexual assault or other sexual misconduct, and another for making a false official statement.

As a senior, Bush was the team’s second-leading tackler in 2012 with 88 tackles. His graduation has reportedly been put on hold as the case unfolds. Tate is the only player still on the team, though he is currently suspended.

All three players were permitted to play football for the Midshipmen as the investigation into the alleged rape continued, and according to the Washington Post, the female midshipman was required to attend football games last fall. The investigation was initially closed in November only to be reopened later after the alleged victim’s attorney spoke to NCIS.

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11 Responses to “AP identifies three connected to Navy sexual assault case”
  1. seanb20124 says: Jun 22, 2013 7:15 PM

    Name the woman, fair is fair

  2. parkcityute says: Jun 22, 2013 8:13 PM

    The federal (The Violence Against Women Act of 1994) and state rape shield laws protect the victim(s) and her/their identit(ies) will only be revealed if the accused is acquitted of the charges.

    May all these women receive the counseling and help they need.

  3. suprmous says: Jun 22, 2013 8:28 PM

    seanb20124, tell me you didn’t make that callious remark in this World today; unless you’re some snot nosed kid or guy who believes in abuse. Do you not realize the implications are for a guy when a guy is told no? That doesn’t carry on Man. You really should look at the entire picture instead of just standinup for your brotherhood in crime.

  4. seanb20124 says: Jun 22, 2013 8:34 PM

    My point is that all parties should be shielded from having their names released

  5. bigdinla says: Jun 22, 2013 9:25 PM

    I agree that no ones names should be revealed until case is settled. Even if they are found innocent anyone accused of rape is pretty much screwed.

  6. polegojim says: Jun 22, 2013 11:26 PM

    These guys should feel the FULL weight of justice!

    @parkavenue… and part of her counseling should be not to get ‘passed-out’ drunk at a party. I am NOT saying she ’caused’ it or ‘deserved’ it… but by exhibiting a little more self control… the opportunity is greatly reduced. That’s protecting yourself from being a victim, just like not walking alone late at night or getting picked up and going to a strangers home. We’ve just got to do everything we can, as far as it depends on us.

  7. parkcityute says: Jun 23, 2013 1:34 AM

    @polego…often there is a component of the victim in a crime such as a “crime of opportunity” as our policeman told us once. Rape has been proven over and over again, to be a crime of violence, not passion, so if the allegations prove true the violence of the acccused will justly affect their lives for the rest of their lives.

    My concern remains that the women receive proper help, which is not available yet in all states and from what I understand, is not readily available in the military.

  8. polegojim says: Jun 23, 2013 11:12 AM

    @parkcity… I couldn’t agree more with the help and the justice…

    IMO – Rape is one of the most disgusting human-to-human violations and atrocities.

  9. parkcityute says: Jun 23, 2013 12:15 PM

    This horror has come to my home and my family.

  10. pylrulz says: Jun 23, 2013 12:43 PM

    The thing that gets me is that the grandfather has said that they know the person.

    I’m keeping an open mind on this, in case this was a case of the the guy breaking up with the girl, and she decided to get revenge by claiming that he and his buddies raped her.

    And I’m with seanb. All or nothing. Name the accused, name the “victim”. Don’t name the “victim”, don’t name the accused. Accusations like this can really ruin lives if it turns out the accusations were full of crap

  11. amosalanzostagg says: Jun 23, 2013 1:44 PM

    I see all the angst and gnashing of teeth in the posts, and they carry all the politically correct outrage. Same posts happened with the Duke Lacrosse case or have you forgotten?

    AP ran with the story then and is running with the story now.

    How about innocent until proven guilty in a military court?

    If they find that the 3 raped the girl, maximum penalties all around. Let’s not try,convict and execute the accused in the press.

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