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Naval Academy sex assault trial begins

Tuesday - 5/28/2013, 2:01pm  ET

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Jury selection has begun in Annapolis for the military trial of a former U.S. Naval Academy teacher accused of sexually assaulting a female student.

An academy spokesman says the court-martial proceedings began Tuesday.

Forty-three-year-old Marine Maj. Mark Thompson is charged with one count of aggravated sexual assault and indecent acts; three counts of conduct unbecoming an officer; and two counts of fraternization. He faces up to 30 years in prison if convicted of the sexual assault charge.

The incident allegedly occurred after the annual croquet match between the academy and St. John's College in April 2011. Two female midshipmen allegedly went to Thompson's apartment after drinking alcohol. One of them reported to Navy investigators that Thompson had assaulted her.


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