30 May '13, 1am

This rape trial at the Naval Academy is getting ugly

The Marine officer accused of raping one female mid and having consensual sex with another is “the victim,” his defense counsel said Wednesday. Maj. Mark Thompson, a former Annapolis instructor, never had sex with either midshipman nor fraternized with them, defense attorney Maj. Joseph Grimm said in his opening statement. “He’s the victim of fabrication,” Grimm said. But both women took the stand Wednesday, describing a long day of drinking on April 30, 2011, that allegedly ended with strip poker, sex and assault. It was the day of the annual croquet game between the Naval Academy and St. John’s, an event that’s a “drinkfest for all the midshipmen,” according to Ensign Sarah Stadler, who testified she had repeated and consensual sexual encounters with Thompson. The alleged sexual assault victim, now a Marine second lieutenant., also testified at the court-martial, which b...

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