Midshipman accuses female classmate of assaulting him

December 07, 2004|By Molly Knight | Molly Knight,SUN STAFF

A midshipman at the Naval Academy has filed a lawsuit accusing a female classmate of assaulting him on the grounds of the Annapolis military college.

Midshipman William B. Campbell filed the suit Thursday in Anne Arundel County Circuit Court. It alleges that midshipman Ariana Downs, a former varsity soccer player, punched, hit and struck him during an unprovoked attack on Sept. 25.

Campbell is seeking at least $20,000 in damages from Downs, of Auburn, Wash., for what he claims is continued "mental and emotional shock and distress."

Downs could not be reached for comment yesterday.

Annapolis attorney Thomas J. McCarthy Jr., who is representing Campbell, called the case a "small dispute between two people," adding that the incident could be resolved outside of court.

Academy spokesman Cmdr. Rod Gibbons refused to answer any questions regarding the case.

"We won't comment on matters under investigation," Gibbons said in an e-mailed response to questions from The Sun.

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