Former Naval Academy Teacher Faces Assault Allegations

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The campus of U.S. Naval Academy is seen in Annapolis, Md. (Credit: JIM WATSON/AFP/Getty Images)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A former teacher at the U.S. Naval Academy is facing allegations he sexually assaulted a student in 2011.

An academy spokesman says testimony ended Tuesday in a military court hearing. The academy identified the teacher as Marine Maj. Mark Thompson, who arrived at the school in 2010.

The alleged incidents happened after two female students attended a croquet match between the academy and St. John’s College.

William Ferris, an attorney representing Thompson, said Wednesday statements made by the women to Navy investigators and at a hearing were not consistent. He contends none of the allegations happened.

Cmdr. William Marks, an academy spokesman, said the case will be reviewed to decide whether it warrants a court martial.

Thompson, 43, faces charges of fraternization, aggravated sexual assault and conduct unbecoming an officer.

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