The Naval Academy acknowledged last week that up to 10 of its midshipmen had exhibited "misguided/immature" behavior while on a spring break trip to the Caribbean on a commercial cruise ship. The Academy officials began investigating the incident after a female passenger e-mailed a complaint to them, saying she had witnessed groping, excessive drinking and efforts to encourage underage passengers to drink alcohol. The behavior took place while the mids were in both uniform and civilian clothing.
The academy says a preliminary inquiry found no criminal activity. However, it warned in a written statement, "Any midshipmen who acted inappropriately will be held accountable and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken."
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