Fri January 10, 2014
Charges To Be Dropped Against One Defendant in Naval Academy Sexual Assault Case
WASHINGTON (AP) - A lawyer for a woman at the center of a sexual assault case involving two U.S Naval Academy midshipmen says military prosecutors plan to recommend dropping a charge against one of the men.
The lawyer, Ryan Guilds, said prosecutors told the woman and her lawyers Thursday they intend to recommend dropping the charge against Midshipman Eric Graham of Alabama.
Spokeswoman Jennifer Zeldis in the Navy prosecutors' office said Thursday she could not confirm whether prosecutors would recommend that U.S. Naval Academy superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller drop the charge of abusive sexual contact Graham faces.
In October, Miller decided to court-martial Graham as well as Midshipman Joshua Tate of Tennessee over allegations they sexually assaulted a female midshipman during an off-campus party in 2012. Tate is charged with aggravated sexual assault.