Report: Charge to be dropped against Naval Academy sex assault suspect


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.

Ryan Guilds, a lawyer for the woman, also a midshipman, said prosecutors told her and her lawyers Thursday they intend to recommend dropping a charge of abusive sexual contact against Midshipman Eric Graham of Eight Mile, Ala. Guilds called the news “extremely disappointing.”

He said the prosecutors’ reason for wanting the charge dropped has to do with the fact that a judge recently decided to exclude from a military trial a statement Graham made to investigators that he had sexual contact with the woman. The statement was excluded because investigators didn’t read Graham his rights, he said.

Graham still faces a charge of making a false statement. Charges were already dropped against a third defendant and a judge in a pretrial hearing complained about how sloppily the investigation had been handled. The superintendent of the academy ordered the courts-martial to move forward despite a recommendation from a judge that none of the cases move forward.

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