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Naval Academy teacher to be court-martialed


Date published: 2/1/2013

By Matthew Hay Brown

The Baltimore Sun (MCT)

BALTIMORE

--A former Naval Academy instructor who is accused of sexually assaulting a female midshipman will be court-martialed, an academy spokeswoman said Thursday.

Marine Corps Maj. Mark A. Thompson, a former history instructor at the academy, is accused of assaulting the midshipman in his Annapolis apartment following the annual croquet match between the academy and St. John's College in 2011.

Academy superintendent Admiral Michael H. Miller referred the case to a general court-martial after reviewing information from a preliminary hearing that concluded this month in Washington, spokeswoman Jenny Erickson said.

Thompson is to be charged under the sections of the Uniform Code of Military Justice that deal with sexual assault, failure to obey an order or regulation and conduct unbecoming an officer, Erickson said.

Thompson is presumed innocent until proved guilty. A date for the court-martial has not been set.

The Naval Academy and the military as a whole have been grappling for years with sexual assaults among members.

The Pentagon said recently that reports of sexual assaults at the Naval Academy fell from 22 two years ago to 13 last year. But the other military service academies --the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y., and the Air Force Academy at Colorado Springs--saw reports increase during the same period, leading to an overall spike of 23 percent.