Court-martial set in academy sex tape scandal

The Baltimore Sun

The Navy has set a date in the fall for the court-martial of a former Naval Academy doctor accused of videotaping midshipmen having sex in his Annapolis-area home.

Cmdr. Kevin Ronan, who worked at the academy until May 2006 as a brigade medical officer and physician for several varsity sports teams, will face the most serious form of military trial Oct. 29, a Navy spokesman said yesterday.

He was arraigned Thursday at the Washington Navy Yard on seven counts of conduct unbecoming an officer, three counts of illegal wiretapping and one count of obstruction of justice. If convicted on all charges, he could receive a maximum sentence of more than 10 years in a Navy prison.

Military prosecutors say Ronan set up hidden cameras to record the Mids he welcomed into his home on weekends through the academy's sponsor program. The investigation was launched this spring after a midshipmen said he found a DVD of him having sex with his girlfriend.

William Ferris, Ronan's civilian attorney, has said an expelled midshipman set up Ronan by blackmailing him for money to attend another college. Ferris also has criticized the obstruction charge, arguing that Ronan had no idea his home would be searched.

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