Court martial in Naval Academy sexual assault case set for March

January 14, 2014

The sexual assault trial of a former football player at the U.S. Naval Academy has been scheduled for March 14.

Midshipman Joshua Tate will face court martial on charges that he sexually assaulted a female midshipman at an April 2012 party. Charges were dismissed against two other midshipmen in the case who had been accused of raping the same classmate at the party. (The Washington Post does not generally identify alleged victims of sexual assault.)

U.S. Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller dropped charges against Tra’ves Bush last year after a preliminary hearing but chose to put Tate and midshipman Eric Graham on trial, against the recommendations of a military judge and another legal adviser.

Miller dropped charges against Graham last week at the urging of prosecutors. Defense attorneys have accused Miller of catering to political concerns by choosing put Tate on trial. The judge presiding over the court martial has ordered Miller to appear in court the week of Jan. 20 to answer questions about that decision.

Annys Shin has been a staff writer at the Washington Post since 2004.
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