Three Navy football players under investigation for sexual assault

File:US_Naval_Academy_signThe Naval Academy has launched an investigation into three football players who reportedly sexually assaulted a female student, according to CNN and The Washington Times.

The assault occurred almost a year ago, CNN reported. The victim came forward after the attack, but dropped her complaint a few months later. She revived the report earlier this year and the Academy has since started its investigation.

The three suspects have not been named, although one reportedly just graduated.

An Academy spokesman had this little tidbit to say in The Washington TImes’ report:

Naval Academy leadership is monitoring the progress of this investigation and evaluating the appropriate options for adjudication,” said Naval Academy spokesman CmdrJohn Schofield, as reported by CBS. “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.”

Oh. That makes sense. Because the military justice process has a reputation of, you know, giving justice to the victims, right? Wrong.

The Academy itself also has a history of sexual assault cases. In February 2009, a former Navy quarterback was acquitted for an alleged sexual assault. In September 2011, a 20-year-old midshipman was found guilty of raping a female student. He was sentenced to six months of confinement and dismissal from the Navy.


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