Wiretaps Heard On Day 2 Of Testimony In Naval Academy Sex Assault Case
WASHINGTON (WJZ/AP)—It’s the second day of testimony from a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman who says she was sexually assaulted by three Navy football players.
Mary Bubala reports at the hearing we learned wiretaps were used in the case.
Midshipmen Tra’ves Bush, Eric Graham and Josh Tate are accused of sexually assaulting a female midshipman at an off-campus party in Annapolis in April 2012.
“I was drinking, I had drank a lot,” she said.
Just like her exclusive statements to CBS News, she admits to drinking alcohol and waking up at the house the next morning without her purse or phone.
She testified, “I was really confused, and I noticed my back was really sore.”
The victim also testified she had consensual sex that morning with a student at the house who’s not charged in the case.
She also testified she started hearing rumors and seeing comments online that she had sex with multiple partners at the party.
She testified she went to one of the accused, Josh Tate, who had invited her to the party, to ask what happened.
“He told me that we did have sex,” she testified.
The woman also said she asked Tate if she had had sex with Eric Graham, another of the accused.
“He said ‘yes,’ and then I was like, ‘I don’t want to hear anymore,’” she testified.
On cross-examination, the accuser admitted to having a previous sexual relationship with the other midshipman accused, Tra’ves Bush.
His attorney asked whether she’d consider him capable of rape.
She testified, “I don’t think that he would.”
And a defense attorney played a recording of a phone call from a wiretap between the victim and midshipman Tate.
In the recording, she asked Tate not to tell Navy investigators about what happened at the party.
Tate can be heard responding that her request “ain’t cool.”
The woman said in court that it was wrong to obstruct the investigation.
The accuser, now a 21-year-old senior at the academy, says she has no memory of having sex with any of the accused on that night.
The hearing, called an Article 32, will determine if the three former football players will face court-martial.
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