The superintendent of the Naval Academy has referred two former members of the Navy football team to a court-martial on charges they sexually assaulted a fellow midshipmen while she was incapacitated at a party in Annapolis, the academy said Thursday.
Even before local and federal agents raided Jade Heart Health in Towson and charged its operators with prostitution and human trafficking, what went on at the massage parlor at 1404 E. Joppa Road was hardly a secret.
The "black pineapple" -- a party house for Naval Academy football players where a woman said she was sexually assault -- is just the latest off-campus party house rented by midshipmen. Renting illicit off-campus houses to escape to on the weekends is a long-standing tradition at the academy, one way to get around the academy's strict rules on drinking and sex.
The house that was the scene of alleged sexual assaults by three Naval Academy football players looks like any other in the suburban Annapolis neighborhood: a brick split-level on a quiet cul de sac lined with cherry trees. It was rented by midshipmen, a violation of academy rules, according to officials.
Friends of the woman at the center of a sexual assault investigation involving three members of the Naval Academy football team testified Monday that she appeared intoxicated on the night of the alleged attacks.
At a time when the military is under attack for how it handles sexual violence in its ranks, the proceedings underway at the Washington Navy Yard offer a case study on why women in uniform are so reluctant to report sexual assaults. The hearing highlights significant disparities between the way the military and civilian world treat accusers and the accused.
By By Melinda Henneberger and Annys Shin and The Washington Post
As the hearing into alleged sexual assaults by three members of the Naval Academy football players stretched into a fourth day on Friday, the focus shifted away from the accuser and toward her high-profile lawyer.
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.
A U.S. district court judge on Monday dismissed three sexual-abuse lawsuits against Kevin Clash, the voice of Sesame Street's "Elmo" muppet until the allegations surfaced, saying the plaintiffs waited too long to file the civil cases.
The superintendent of the Naval Academy has decided to bring charges in the alleged sexual assault of a female midshipman last year by three members of the football team, academy officials said Monday.
The 19-year-old felt sick to her stomach when she stepped into the Baltimore prison nicknamed "Supermax" for her first day of work as a corrections officer. The place was dark and dingy, and she had never been around so many men before.