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Midshipmen questioned in sexual assault hearing

WASHINGTON — Lawyers on Monday questioned Naval Academy students who attended a toga party last year about how intoxicated a female midshipman appeared at the off-campus house, where she allegedly was sexually assaulted by three students on the Navy football team.

The woman has testified she had been drinking heavily before and during the April 2012 party in Annapolis, Md. She has said she has no memory of having sex with the midshipmen, but became concerned after hearing gossip shortly after the party that she had had sex with multiple people.

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During a hearing to help determine whether the three men will face a court-martial, lawyers have tried to establish just how intoxicated the woman was at the party. On Monday, they focused on the recollections of midshipmen who saw her there at the crowded house.

Midshipman Christa Kamon testified the woman was slurring her words and falling down while dancing. ‘‘She was obviously drunk,’’ Kamon testified.

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Defense lawyers questioned her recollection, saying she had not mentioned that the woman had been slurring her speech when Kamon talked to investigators in August 2012.

Lawyers also called Midshipman Kenyon Williams to the stand. Williams described himself as a close friend of the alleged victim who had been with her when she drank rum before going to the party.

Associated Press

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