MARINE MAJOR AWAITS HIS FATE - FORMER
INSTRUCTOR AT NAVAL ACADEMY ACCUSED
OF SEXUALLY ASSAULTING MIDSHIPMAN
MARK THOMPSON COUNTS OFF THE DAYS
WAITING TO SEE WHEN HIS COURT-MARTIAL
BEGINS - "VICTIM" TAKES MOST OF A YEAR
BEFORE FILING CHARGES - CLAIMED SHE
TOO DRUNK TO REMEMBER MUCH OF WHAT
HAPPENED IN ANNAPOLIS, MD. APARTMENT
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There's all kinds of excuses why service members wait long periods before filing charges. This one takes the cake.
The unidentified midshipman at the U.S. Naval Academy took the better part of a year to claim she had been sexually assaulted by Marine Maj. Mark Thompson in his Annapolis, MD. apartment.
She acknowledged she and another female played "strip poker" and got drunk with the officer after a croquet match between USNA and St. John's College on April 30, 2011. But the alleged "victim" says the large amount of booze she consumed that day made her recollections a bit hazy.
Thompson, a former history instructor at the Naval Academy faces up to 30 years in prison, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and dismissal from the Marine Corps, if convicted.
The 43 year-old USMC officer is beyond his Article 32 preliminary hearing and will now see if the investigating officer recommends court-martial. With the political atmosphere being what it is these days, Thompson is as certain of being tried (and convicted) as the Pope being Catholic and a bear taking a dump in the woods.
FORMER GIRLFRIEND HAD SEX WITH MAJOR, TOO
Navy Ensign Sarah Stadler, a gunnery officer on the destroyer USS Howard, knows first-hand about this case. Thompson was her longtime boyfriend, she says, and it was then-midshipman Stadler that brought her fellow midshipman along for what promised to be a night of fun and sex games.
At Thompson's preliminary hearing, Stadler acknowledged that she'd had sex with the major both before and after the date the unidentified midshipman claimed she was sexually assaulted.
Stadler testified both women got drunk, played strip poker, and each had sex with the strapping Marine. Where sexual "assault" comes into it, we can't say or address whatever motives are fueling Thompson's accuser.
What we do know is the Marine major made a serious error in judgment, and now he will pay a heavy price for a few moments of pleasure.
"Food for thought" for everyone, we at MilitaryCorruption.com think.