Newspaper identifies Naval Academy football players charged in sexual assault case

Posted at 8:34 PM, Jun 22, 2013

An Annapolis newspaper has identified the three Naval Academy football players charged in an alleged attack on a female midshipman.

The Annapolis Capitalreports multiple sources confirm the three are rising junior linebacker Josh Tate and former safeties Tra’ves Bush and Eric Graham.

Tate is the only player still on the team. The Nashville, Tenn., native posted 23 tackles in 2012 and is now a second-string outside linebacker on the team’s depth chart.

Bush finished his playing career in January. In 2012, he was the team’s second-leading tackler, with 88.

Graham had never seen varsity action and was no longer on the team’s roster entering his senior year.

The Naval Academy announced that three male midshipmen had been charged with violating two articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. One is for making a false official statement. The other involves rape, sexual assault or other sexual misconduct.

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The charges were announced following the decision last week by Naval Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller to send the case to Article 32 proceedings.

The Naval Academy would neither confirm nor deny the names of the players charged.

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