Posted October 10, 2013

Two ex-Navy football players to face court-martial for alleged rape

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Former Navy football players Josh Tate (left) and Eric Graham face court-martial for an alleged rape. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy Football)

Two  former Navy football players will face a court-martial for an alleged sexual assault at an off-campus party, while a third former player will not, reports the Associated Press.

U.S. Naval Academy superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller said that midshipmen Eric Graham of Eight Mile, Ala., and Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn., will face a court-martial, but decided that Tra’ves Bush of Johnston, S.C., should not face one.

“We are committed to a thorough and fair conduct system and investigative process, and the Naval Academy will meet the highest standards, operate consistent with the law, and expeditiously investigate every report of unwanted sexual contact, sexual harassment and sexual assault,” the academy said in a statement announcing the superintendent’s decision.

Graham is charged with abusive sexual contact and Tate is charged with aggravated sexual assault. Both are also accused of making false official statements.

More from the AP:

The case has drawn attention at a time when the White House, Congress and the Pentagon are focusing on sexual assaults in the military. The alleged assault happened at an alcohol-fueled party in April 2012 at an off-campus house used by football team members.

The alleged victim is a fellow midshipman who was drinking that night and she has said she doesn’t remember having sex. She said she heard about the allegations after the party from others.


6 comments
ROB68
ROB68

Here's a question. If she got so drunk that she doesn't remember having sex, and only learned about it from others after the party, who's to say that the men weren't equally as drunk and didn't know what they were doing either. Back in my early 20's (doing dumb stuff days) I'd get wasted at parties and sleep with women and I still don't remember half of their names.

lawoff414
lawoff414

Two more wasted lives that had the opportunity to attend one of the finest academic institutions in the nation.  I would hope the court martial results in criminal charges.

mcmilch
mcmilch

Wow let me see if I understand "Robert" one's college age or any age daughter is not allowed to get as smashed as one's college aged son because if she does and someone takes advantage of her in that state its her fault? I'm getting the feeling that less and less eyeballs are reading SI. I think I need to find another hobby...

Robert96
Robert96

Another good reason to keep good looking females out of the military..........get drunk and spread your legs girls and you will get it. Especially if there are young men around loaded with beer and testosterone. I well remember the days when I could not buy a hot chick drinks fast enough, hoping to get lucky, and she was thinking how fun it is to get freebies.

I blame the female.



Boogieman1281
Boogieman1281

@Robert96 You probably blame the victims of muggings for being in the wrong place at the wrong time, too, don't you??