Midshipman indicted in Texas on sex charge Senior to be extradited next week, academy says

November 05, 1995|By Kris Antonelli | Kris Antonelli,SUN STAFF

A senior midshipman at the Naval Academy was indicted last week in his Texas hometown on charges he sexually assaulted a teen-ager in May, law enforcement officials announced yesterday.

Midshipman Michael Patrick Chapman, 25, was being held yesterday at the Navy Yard in Washington, said Capt. Tom Jurkowsky, a Naval Academy spokesman.

He will be extradited to Rockwall, Texas, next week.

A grand jury indicted Mr. Chapman Wednesday on one count of aggravated sexual assault and one count of endangering a child, Detective Charles Simpson of the Rockwall City Police said yesterday.

Mr. Chapman was suspended from the academy in the beginning of May because of poor grades, Captain Jurkowsky said, and he returned to Rockwall while Navy officials decided whether to expel him.

On May 8, a woman told Rockwall police that Mr. Chapman had drugged her 13-year-old son and sexually assaulted him two days earlier in her home, police said.

The boy told police Mr. Chapman had given him alcohol and marijuana, investigators said.

Detectives began questioning two other children involved in the incident and notified academy authorities of the investigation. Rockwall police would not divulge the roles of the other children yesterday.

Mr. Chapman will be expelled from the Naval Academy when he is served with the arrest warrant, Captain Jurkowsky said.

"We were working with Texas authorities and we knew this was coming," he said. "The reason we didn't [expel] him immediately is because we wanted to hold on to him until the indictment."

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