The Naval Academy has finally charged three Navy football players with sexual assault, more than a year after the alleged incident occurred. The story is just the latest in a series highlighting the military's sexual assault crisis.
The unnamed football players will face charges of sexual misconduct and making false statements, in connection with an investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service into the alleged assault of a female midshipman. Here's how the AP described the alleged incident:
"The alleged assault occurred in April 2012 at an off-campus house in Annapolis. The woman's attorney, Susan Burke, has said the woman woke up with bruises after a night of heavy drinking and later learned from friends and social media that three football players she considered friends were claiming to have had sex with her while she was intoxicated and blacked out"
The academy's official story on the delay of the trial cites the alleged victim's unwillingness to cooperate in an investigation. But it could be a bit more complicated than that: her lawyer says that the alleged victim was told not to participate in the investigation by the accused, after she'd been disciplined for drinking when she reported the incident to NCIS. The academy reopened the investigation after the midshipman requested that they do so, in early 2013.