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Midshipmen in rape case face US Navy court-martial

WASHINGTON — Two former Naval Academy football players accused of raping a female midshipman at an off-campus party face court-martial proceedings, in the latest in a string of high-profile sexual assault cases in the military that have drawn scrutiny from the Pentagon and Congress.

The case stems from a 2012 “yoga and toga” party near the academy in Annapolis, Md., where the woman, then a 20-year-old second-year student, arrived intoxicated and had sex with some players.

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In grueling testimony last month during a hearing at the Washington Navy Yard, she said she had no memory of parts of the evening and might have passed out.

The next day, the woman testified, she heard via social media of the encounters with the three players, who were charged with sexually assaulting her and making false statements.

The superintendent of the academy, Vice Admiral Michael H. Miller, acting on the legal advice of those who oversaw the initial hearing, known as an Article 32 hearing, referred Midshipman Eric Graham and Midshipman Joshua Tate to general court-martial. Miller declined to refer charges against Midshipman Tra’ves Bush.

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