ACADEMY SUPERINTENDENT TO DECIDE
Former U.S. Naval Academy quarterback Lamar Owens breathed a big sigh of relief as the verdict was read. "Not guilty" on a charge of "rape," which could have put the African-American football star in prison for a very long time.
A female midshipman's claims of rape were not believed by the jury at court-martial. Even the military judge admonished the prosecution for presenting a poor and "anemic" case.
The accuser charged Owens raped her in her room despite her alleged pleas to stop. Defense attorneys pointed out the "victim" had earlier sent an intimate e-mail "instant message" to Owens and when he arrived in her room at Bancroft Hall last January 29, they told the court she "tugged" at the football player's clothing, so eager was she to have sex.
During court testimony it was revealed that the female midshipman was seen consuming as many as nine drinks at a restaurant and later at an Annapolis bar. Owens said he also had a number of drinks in the hours leading up to the sexual activity.
FATE IN THE HANDS OF "POLITICALLY-CORRECT" ADMIRAL
Academy Superintendent, Vice Adm. Rodney Rempt, will decide in the near future if Owens is to be punished for violation of various rules: having sex on campus; fraternizing with a junior cadet; and disobeying an order to "stay away" from the vicinity of his accuser.
Owens hopes that he can eventually receive his commission as an ensign in the Navy.
As for the unidentified female, she has nothing to worry about, since Rempt is well known for being "politically correct." He would never dare to discipline her for getting drunk and having sex in her dormitory room, much less making a false accusation.
At least the 22 year-old senior from Savannah, Ga. has some good memories to look back on. Owens, the team's most valuable player, led the Naval Academy football squad to memorable victories over arch-rivals Air Force and Army. If he ends up being dismissed from the Navy, perhaps a professional football team - known not to care if a talented player is a "choir boy" or not - might just offer Owens a big-league contract.