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Instructor accused of sexually assaulting mid

Jan. 16, 2013 - 12:56PM   |   Last Updated: Jan. 16, 2013 - 12:56PM  |  
A Marine Corps major is charged with two specifications of fraternization, two of aggravated sexual assault and indecent acts, and three of conduct unbecoming an officer over the alleged sexual assault of a midshipman.
A Marine Corps major is charged with two specifications of fraternization, two of aggravated sexual assault and indecent acts, and three of conduct unbecoming an officer over the alleged sexual assault of a midshipman. (The Associated Press)
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A Marine major is being charged with allegedly sexually assaulting a female midshipman while he served as a Naval Academy instructor in April 2011.

Marine Maj. Mark Thompson is charged with two specifications of fraternization, two of aggravated sexual assault and indecent acts, and three of conduct unbecoming an officer over the alleged incident, confirmed academy spokesman Cmdr. William Marks.

Thompson's charges were http://www.military.com/daily-news/2013/01/16/academy-instructor-charged-with-raping-midshipman.html?comp=7000023317828&rank=1">first reported by Military.com.

The major's Article 32 hearing at the Navy Yard in Washington ended Tuesday; the two-day hearing began Dec. 19 but was delayed to wait for a witness.

Thompson, 43, had been teaching history at the academy since July 2010. He was immediately reassigned upon report of the allegations, Marks said.

Thompson allegedly sexually assaulted a female midshipman on April 30, 2011, after the annual croquet match between the Naval Academy and St. John's College, an event usually characterized by parties and outdoor drinking. St. John's, which hosts the game, http://militarytimes.com/blogs/scoopdeck/2012/02/17/navy-croquet-sobers-up/">banned outside alcohol for the 2012 contest.

A decision will be made on whether Thompson will face a court-martial within a few days to a couple of weeks, Marks said.

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