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Former Navy football player found not guilty of sexual assault

Photo: U.S. Naval Academy

Former Navy linebacker Joshua Tate was found not guilty of a sexual assault from a 2012 incident. A military judge made his ruling Thursday, acquitting Tate of any wrongdoing after a three-day trial.

According to the Associated Press, Tate faced one charge of aggravated sexual assault, with prosecutors suggesting Tate  assaulted a fellow Navy classmate and taking advantage of the drunk woman, too inebriated to consent. The case stemmed from a 2012 incident but the long, drawn out process of the justice system is finally coming to a close. According to the New York Times, the judge presiding over the case this is handing over a charge of making false statements over to the Naval Academy for further action, if necessary.

Tate was originally tied to the incident along with teammates Tra’ves Bush and Eric Graham, both defensive backs. Tate was the only player to face charges, with charges never being taken to Bush and charges being dropped for Graham due to not having his rights read to him.

These types of stories are never enjoyable to cover, but they are important to pay attention to regardless of the outcome. The other part of this conversation will dive in to a more political or judicial realm, as the debate over whether this type of accusation should be handled in-house by the military or turned over to the justice system will continue for some.

Photo: U.S. Naval Academy

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7 Responses to “Former Navy football player found not guilty of sexual assault”
  1. woebegong says: Mar 20, 2014 2:03 PM

    I wonder now what happens to this young man. His academy career is over to say the least. I hope he has a chance to right the ship and maybe enroll in a regular college.

  2. seanb20124 says: Mar 20, 2014 3:26 PM

    No where does this fellow go to get his reputation back?

  3. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 20, 2014 5:17 PM

    A sad society is one where people do not want to take responsibility for their actions. Maybe if both parties here acted in a more responsible manor no one would have hurt feelings or reputations. If it looks like a turd and smells like a turd, it probably is not a Baby Ruth bar!

  4. jonkybon says: Mar 20, 2014 5:26 PM

    Actually, Tate admitted to having sex with his inebriated classmate as did the other two football players.

    She told investigators and the judge, she had no memory of the incident. However, she heard the stories and saw a video (that was inadmisable do to one of the players not getting his article 31 rights read).

    Tate chose to be tried by a single judge (who happen to be an Annapolis football fan), rather then the standard military jury.

    If he wasn’t a star player, he would have/should have been dismissed from the Academy and sent to Leavenworth prison.

    If anybodies life and career has been ruined, it’s the female cadet who trusted her classmates and the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

  5. iwishwvuwouldbeatbama says: Mar 20, 2014 6:27 PM


    As a former Sailor I can tell you officer and enlisted alike you are trained to act in a responsible manor, and getting blacked out drunk is also an offense in the UCMJ! That female needs to own her actions and accept 1/2 of the responsibility.

  6. tommy57 says: Mar 21, 2014 7:24 AM

    jonkybon is absolutely correct. This is behavior not befitting anyone at the Naval Academy and they all should be dismissed immediately. The service academies are about serious business.

  7. jonkybon says: Mar 21, 2014 7:52 AM



    That’s like saying a person speeding in the far left North bound lane of I95 is 1/2 responsible for the drunk driver heading South losing control and hitting and killing the North bound speeder head on.

    Yes, the young woman committed a very minor infraction of the UCMJ and should have recieved a punishment equal to the offense.

    Since you claim to have been Navy, did you ever have an ocean deployment? Very few sailors don’t get blato drunk after their first ocean going deployment. If you did; did you fear your shipmates would gang rape you? If they did, then you feel you should be held 1/2 responsible. Are you beginning to see how retarded that statement sounded to me?

    What the young woman did, the majority of her classmates were doing as well. She should never have been assaulted by future officers and gentlemen. That is what happens when our military academies lower their standards to accept thugs.

    It’s a good thing I investigate and am not a judge. If I were a judge, I’d order every convicted rapist to be gang raped and to watch the tape of their rape every day until they are released. We are not cave men that the strong prey on the weak.

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