Midshipman chooses judge to decide assault case

FILE - This July, 24, 2013 file photo provided by the U.S. Naval Academy shows Midshipman Josh Tate. The head of the U.S. Naval Academy is set to testify Friday as part of a hearing for a student charged in a sexual assault case. Lawyers for the student say political pressure influenced the academy's head, Vice Adm. Michael Miller, to pursue charges against the student, Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/U.S. Naval Academy, File)
FILE - This July, 24, 2013 file photo provided by the U.S. Naval Academy shows Midshipman Josh Tate. The head of the U.S. Naval Academy is set to testify Friday as part of a hearing for a student charged in a sexual assault case. Lawyers for the student say political pressure influenced the academy's head, Vice Adm. Michael Miller, to pursue charges against the student, Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn. (AP Photo/U.S. Naval Academy, File)

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Naval Academy says a student accused of sexually assaulting a classmate during an off-campus party has elected to have a judge decide his case, rather than a military jury.

A school spokeswoman confirmed that Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn., made the decision Friday.

The former football player is charged with aggravated sexual assault and lying to investigators.

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 is the only one who remains charged in the case.

 

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