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06/20/2013

U.S. Naval Academy football players charged in rape case

As the Star's Bill Schiller wrote in this blog previously, the U.S. Naval Academy has been grappling with its own Steubenville-like rape case.

According to the Associated Press, three midshipmen — all current or former football players — have now been charged with sexually assaulting a female student at an off-campus house in Annapolis more than a year ago.

The academy said in a news release that the male midshipmen are being charged with two violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. One charge involves rape, sexual assault or other sexual misconduct. The other is for making a false official statement.

The academy did not identify the three male students, and it was not immediately clear if they have an attorney. Two of the students were football players this past season, but they are not on the team anymore. Another is still on the team, but he has been suspended pending the outcome of the case.--The Associated Press

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