Friday, April 15, 2011

Rape Allegation Against Midshipman Goes to Article 32 Hearing Next Week

With the renewed focus on sexual assault in the military, you knew it was only a matter of time before an allegation came from one of the service academies.  Somehow, I doubt the Naval Academy is pleased that the attention it received for the expulsions of a number of midshipmen for spice use has been replaced by publicity about the first "mid" to face a sexual assault charge in the past 3 years.  Midshipman 4th Class Patrick Edmond's Article 32 investigation is scheduled to begin on Monday.  He's alleged to have assaulted a fellow midshipman in the dorms.  Originally, the complainant made a restricted report last fall, but she later changed to an unrestricted report, which allows for prosecution.