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Not guilty verdict in Naval Academy case

Not guilty verdict in Naval Academy case

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A military judge has found a former U.S. Naval Academy football player from Nashville not guilty of a sexual assault charge.

The judge on Thursday acquitted Joshua Tate of one count of aggravated sexual assault after a three-day proceeding in a courtroom in Washington, D.C. Tate chose to be tried by a judge rather than a military jury.

Prosecutors initially accused Tate and two other students of sexually assaulting a female student during a 2012 party at an off-campus house in Annapolis, Md., where the school is located.

The woman said she didn't remember being sexually assaulted after a night of heavy drinking but heard from others she had had sex with multiple partners at the party. Tate was the only one brought to court-martial, the military's equivalent of a trial.

The other students no longer face charges.

 

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