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New Charges In Sexual Misconduct Case

The Washington Post is reporting that new criminal charges have been filed against Maj. Mark Thompson, a former U.S. Naval Academy instructor.  Major Thompson is being charged with making a false official statement and conduct unbecoming an officer.

Asked in January of this year why he lied to authorities, Thompson described the immense pressue he faced after one of the women asserted that he’d raped her.  “I simply had to, when they were coming after me for 41 years,” Thompson said, “I can’t begin to say, you know, how terrifying that is.”

Thompson has maintained that he was falsely accused of sexual misconduct involving two students in 2011.  An Article 32 hearing will be held in May to determine if the case should proceed to court-martial.