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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | February 12, 2014
A Naval Academy midshipman once accused of sexual assault testified for the first time in open court Tuesday, telling a military judge that when he got into a car with a female classmate outside a 2012 off-campus party, he didn't think she was too drunk to know what she was doing. Midshipman Eric Graham said the alleged victim might have smelled of alcohol, but was talking and moving around on the night of a party that resulted in accusations of sexual assault against Graham and two others.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 30, 2013
As the hearing into alleged sexual assaults by three members of the Naval Academy football team stretched into a fourth day Friday, the focus shifted from the accuser toward her high-profile lawyer. Defense attorneys spent an hour grilling Baltimore-based lawyer Susan Burke, a national figure in combating sexual assaults in the military. They suggested that she had pressured her client into pursuing charges against the football players to further her own cause. "She is trying to push the complaining witness through this process," said Ronald "Chip" Harrington, a civilian attorney for Midshipman Eric Graham.
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By Jonathan Pitts, The Baltimore Sun | September 6, 2010
The guy with the big fork wore a Terps polo shirt as red as the sausage he was grilling. His buddy, a retiree in a blue Navy football jersey, stood nearby, hoisting a beer and laughing. The two were gearing up for a game that was supposed to reignite a 105-year football rivalry - by grilling together. "Sometimes you have to be nice to the less fortunate," said Bob Billig, the Maryland fan, when asked why he would tailgate with Navy supporter Steve Rigterink. In the parking lot east of M&T Bank Stadium, where thousands of fans slung Frisbees and footballs, cooked chicken and burgers and hovered near coolers before kickoff, the bright afternoon sun felt more sizzling than any sense of animosity between fan bases that have, at times over the decades, felt something less than affection for each other.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | August 28, 2013
The midshipman who says she was sexually assaulted by three Naval Academy football players while she was incapacitated last spring described a boozy night of partying that left her with spotty memories and a knot in her back. Testifying Wednesday at a preliminary military hearing, the woman said it was only after the party that she pieced together what might have happened to her through Twitter and Facebook posts and rumors that swirled around the academy. She said she was reluctant to report her suspicions about the night of April 14, 2012, for fear it would lead to an embarrassing and painful investigation.
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By BRADLEY OLSON and BRADLEY OLSON,SUN REPORTER | March 9, 2006
WASHINGTON -- In a conversation taped by an investigator, standout Navy quarterback Lamar S. Owens Jr. tearfully apologized to the fellow midshipman he is accused of raping after admitting that he had sex with her in her Naval Academy dorm room. On the tape, played by prosecutors at a hearing yesterday to determine whether there is enough evidence for a court-martial, Owens was emotional and apologized often, at one point saying: "I'm so sorry. ... I woke up the next day and I called you, and I wanted to kill myself and I still feel like that."
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By Pamela Wood and Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | March 20, 2014
A former Navy football player was found not guilty Thursday of sexually assaulting a fellow midshipman at an off-campus party in Annapolis two years ago in a case that has drawn national scrutiny to the elite training ground for future officers of the Navy and Marine Corps. Allegations that Midshipman Joshua Tate and two teammates had sexual contact with the woman while she was too intoxicated to consent have helped fuel the debate over the prosecution of sexual assaults in the military.
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By Justin George, John Fritze and Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | September 17, 2013
John Johnson could have retired from the Washington Navy Yard years ago, but he loved the work. Richard Michael Ridgell, a former Maryland state trooper who helped train police in Iraq, was devoted to his daughters. Vishnu Pandit, who came to the United States to build a better life for his family, was proud of his quarter-century working for the U.S. Navy. All were gunned down Monday in one of the worst mass killings ever on a U.S. military installation. As investigators continued Tuesday to sift clues into the motivations of alleged shooter Aaron Alexis, details began to emerge of the women and men authorities say he shot to death.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,Sun reporter | November 7, 2007
WASHINGTON -- A Navy physician accused of secretly taping Naval Academy midshipmen having sex took the stand in his own defense yesterday, saying that he put an air purifier containing a hidden camera in a guest bedroom in his home to eliminate odors, not to record sex. Speaking publicly for the first time since being charged in July, Navy Cmdr. Kevin Ronan said he bought the camera to ensure that midshipmen who stayed at his Annapolis house as part of a sponsor program were not throwing parties while he was away.
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By Pamela Wood, The Baltimore Sun | March 22, 2014
Naval Academy midshipmen get a free education courtesy of American taxpayers in exchange for serving five years in the military after graduation. But when students leave the academy — voluntarily or not — they often have to repay Uncle Sam for the cost of their education. Two midshipmen are in the process of "disenrolling" from the academy as part of the fallout of a high-profile sexual assault case. But neither is likely to be hit with a tuition bill because the incident that led to their departure occurred before they agreed to serve in the military.
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By Josh Mitchell and Josh Mitchell,Sun reporter | November 2, 2007
WASHINGTON -- A handwriting expert testified yesterday that there is no doubt the label on a disc that contains sex videos of Naval Academy midshipmen was written by a Navy doctor who is accused of secretly filming the students at his home. Donald Moryan, a forensic document examiner with the Army Criminal Investigation Laboratory in Georgia, also told a military jury that it was "highly probable" that Cmdr. Kevin Ronan wrote the labels on two other lewd DVDs that prosecutors say were recovered from the doctor's Annapolis house.
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