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Three U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen charged with rape


WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Three male midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy have been charged with raping a female midshipman and making false statements, the school said on Wednesday, the latest in a string of sexual assault allegations in the U.S. military.

The charges mean the midshipmen will face an Article 32 proceeding, similar to a preliminary hearing in civilian law. The hearing will kick off a process similar to a grand jury to determine if a general court-martial is warranted.

The investigation stems from an alleged incident at an off-campus party in April 2012 in Annapolis, Maryland, site of the elite school.

(Reporting by Ian Simpson and Nick Carey; Editing by Scott Malone)