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Two ex-Navy football players to face court-martial for alleged rape

AP Photo/U.S. Navy Football) Former Navy football players Josh Tate (left) and Eric Graham face court-martial for an alleged rape. (AP Photo/U.S. Navy Football)

Two  former Navy football players will face a court-martial for an alleged sexual assault at an off-campus party, while a third former player will not, reports the Associated Press.

U.S. Naval Academy superintendent Vice Adm. Michael Miller said that midshipmen Eric Graham of Eight Mile, Ala., and Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn., will face a court-martial, but decided that Tra'ves Bush of Johnston, S.C., should not face one.

"We are committed to a thorough and fair conduct system and investigative process, and the Naval Academy will meet the highest standards, operate consistent with the law, and expeditiously investigate every report of unwanted sexual contact, sexual harassment and sexual assault," the academy said in a statement announcing the superintendent's decision.

Graham is charged with abusive sexual contact and Tate is charged with aggravated sexual assault. Both are also accused of making false official statements.

More from the AP:

The case has drawn attention at a time when the White House, Congress and the Pentagon are focusing on sexual assaults in the military. The alleged assault happened at an alcohol-fueled party in April 2012 at an off-campus house used by football team members. The alleged victim is a fellow midshipman who was drinking that night and she has said she doesn't remember having sex. She said she heard about the allegations after the party from others.
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