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Naval Academy Midshipman Accused Of Rape Chooses Judge Over Jury

A Naval Academy midshipman charged with sexually assaulting a classmate has chosen a trial by judge instead of a jury in his court-martial. Jury selection began at the Washington Navy Yard this morning.

Government prosecutors allege Joshua Tate had sexual contact with a female classmate who was so drunk she was unable to consent. They also allege he lied to Navy investigators.

The charges stem from an off-campus party in Annapolis in April 2012. Three midshipman, all members of the football team at the time, initially were accused of sexually assaulting the woman.

Formal charges were not filed against one midshipman, who is now an ensign in the Navy.

Charges were dropped against another midshipman who is now in the process of withdrawing from the academy and is a witness in the case against Tate.

The alleged victim remains at the naval academy and is expected to testify.


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