Report: Three Navy football players face sexual assault probe

Friday May 31st, 2013

Three Navy football players are reportedly under investigation for sexual assault. (Getty Images) Three Navy football players are reportedly under investigation for sexual assault. (Getty Images)

The Naval Academy is investigating three members of its football program amid accusations that they sexually assaulted a female student. reports that the names of the players involved and details of the alleged assault are not known, nor is the date when the Naval Academy first began its investigation.

Just six days ago, President Barack Obama spoke at the Naval Academy graduation and challenged the newly commissioned officers to try to combat the problem of sexual assault in the service academies and the military at large.

"Naval Academy leadership is monitoring the progress of this investigation and evaluating the appropriate options for adjudication," Naval Academy spokesman Cmdr. John Schofield said in a statement. "It is completely inappropriate to make any other public comment on this investigation or any ongoing investigation as we risk compromising the military justice process."

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A recent Defense Department survey said that sexual assault incidents in the ranks increased in 2012 to 26,000 from 19,000 in 2010. A survey of the service academies also found an increase in sexual assault within all three academies. Compared to 2011, the Air Force Academy in Colorado showed the largest increase in sexual assaults from 33 to 52 in 2012. Sexual assaults at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., increased from 11 to 15, and the numbers were up at West Point from 10 to 13.
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