Navy Midshipman Chooses Judge Over Jury to Decide Sex Assault Case

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WASHINGTON — 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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