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10:44 am
Wed May 14, 2014

Bond Revoked for Suspect in Parkside High School Rape Case

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Bond has been revoked for Jocori Scarborough the 17 year old who is charged with raping a 15 year old fellow student at Parkside High School.

He was taken into custody yesterday after Judge Daniel Mumford said he had just become aware of separate weapons possession charges by prosecutors against the teenager.

Scarborough was originally out on a $100-thousand bond stemming from the rape case.

In addition, he was also out on a $50-thousand bond for the weapons charges.

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8:56 am
Thu May 8, 2014

Surveillance Tape of Suspected Rapist at Parkside High

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Authorities say a school surveillance camera caught a 17 year old rape suspect grabbing a 15 year old female student in a hall at Parkside High School in Salisbury on Monday.

Sgt. David Owens with the Wicomico Bureau of Investigation says the suspect then forced the victim into an area that was not under surveillance and where he allegedly raped the young woman. 

Jocori Scarborough has been charged with first degree rape and assault among other charges…and is currently out on a $100-thousand bail.

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9:29 am
Wed May 7, 2014

Out on Bail: Update on Sexualt Assault Allegations at Parkside High

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17-year old Jocori Scarborough is out on bail after being charged with rape and assault counts involving a 15-year old student on the campus of Parkside High School in Salisbury.

Scarborough also a student at the school is being charged as an adult.

WBOC reports that he was released yesterday on a $100-thousand bond.  

The Wicomico County Sheriff’s office says that the incident occurred on Monday at around 8 a.m after classes had already gotten underway.

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12:01 pm
Thu March 20, 2014

Not Guilty Verdict in Naval Academy Sexual Assault Case (Update)

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A military judge has found a former U.S. Naval Academy football player not guilty of a sexual assault charge.

The judge on Friday acquitted Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn., of one count of aggravated sexual assault.

Tate chose to be tried by a judge rather than a military jury.

Prosecutors initially accused Tate and two other students of sexually assaulting a female student during a 2012 party at an off-campus house in Annapolis, Md., where the school is located.

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8:37 am
Wed January 29, 2014

Media and the Naval Academy Sexual Assault Case

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WASHINGTON (AP) - CBS and CNN have let a 72-hour window lapse to appeal a military judge's order releasing un-aired interview footage of a woman at the center of a sexual assault case.

Jennifer Zeldis, a military judiciary spokeswoman, confirmed Tuesday that neither network gave notice of an appeal during the window.

Attorneys for Joshua Tate, a former U.S. Naval Academy football player charged with sexual assault, wanted the footage, saying it is relevant to preparation for his March trial.

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10:39 am
Fri January 10, 2014

Charges To Be Dropped Against One Defendant in Naval Academy Sexual Assault Case

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A lawyer for a woman at the center of a sexual assault case involving two U.S Naval Academy midshipmen says military prosecutors plan to recommend dropping a charge against one of the men.

The lawyer, Ryan Guilds, said prosecutors told the woman and her lawyers Thursday they intend to recommend dropping the charge against Midshipman Eric Graham of Alabama.

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11:41 am
Mon November 4, 2013

Court Martial Set for Sexual Assault Case at Naval Academy

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A court-martial has been scheduled for February for a U.S. Naval Academy student accused of aggravated sexual assault.

Midshipman Josh Tate appeared at an arraignment Monday at the Washington Navy Yard.

The court-martial is scheduled to begin Feb. 10.

The case stems from an April 2012 party at an off-campus house in Annapolis. The alleged victim had been drinking heavily and has testified that she cannot remember having sex with Tate.

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8:44 am
Thu October 31, 2013

Recusal Request Denied in Naval Academy Sexual Assault Case

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A federal judge has denied a request by a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman accused of sexual assault to recuse the academy's superintendent from the case.

Jason Ehrenberg, an attorney for Midshipman Josh Tate, said Wednesday he still hopes to prevail in arguing later that undue command influence has prompted the case to move forward to a court-martial amid a heightened focus on sexual assault in the military.

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12:43 pm
Wed October 16, 2013

Court Challenge in Naval Academy Sexual Assault Case

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A lawyer for a U.S. Naval Academy student accused of sexual assault is asking a federal judge to remove the superintendent from deciding who will serve on a court-martial panel that will decide the case.

Jason Ehrenberg, an attorney for Midshipman Josh Tate, wrote in the court filing submitted Tuesday night that Vice Adm. Michael Miller decided to refer the case to a court-martial, despite recommendations from an investigating officer and Miller's own senior counsel not to do so.

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1:05 pm
Fri October 11, 2013

Medical and Financial Records, Kept Under Wraps in Vance Phillips Case

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There will be no public disclosure of medical or financial documents in the sexual assault case brought against Sussex County Council member Vance Phillips by Katelynn Dunlap who is seeking unspecified damages.

The judge in the case has ordered her attorneys to keep those confidential including one that shows he was a crime victim.

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11:49 am
Thu October 10, 2013

Courts Martial Recommended in Naval Academy Sexual Assault Case

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy superintendent says two of three midshipmen should face a court-martial in a sexual assault case.

Vice Adm. Michael Miller on Thursday said he has referred the cases of Midshipmen Eric Graham and Joshua Tate to general court-martial. He decided not to refer Midshipman Tra'ves Bush.

The case of the former football players has drawn attention at a time when the White House, Congress and Pentagon are focusing on sexual assaults in the military.

The case stems from an alcohol-fueled April 2012 party at an off-campus house.

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8:44 am
Tue October 1, 2013

Report on Sexual Assault Case Sent to Naval Academy

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A Naval Academy spokesman says an investigative officer who presided over a hearing involving three midshipmen in an alleged sexual assault case has forwarded his recommendations to the academy's superintendent.

Cmdr. John Schofield, the academy spokesman, confirmed Monday the report has been sent to the academy. Vice Adm. Michael Miller, the superintendent, is currently the commanding authority assigned to decide whether the case will proceed to a court-marital.

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9:18 am
Fri September 6, 2013

Recusal Request in Naval Academy Sexual Assault Case

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A midshipman accusing three former Naval Academy football players of sexually assaulting her wants the school's superintendent to remove himself from deciding whether the men will be court-martialed.

The woman's attorney, Susan Burke, announced Thursday that a federal lawsuit filed in Maryland seeks a court order directing Vice Adm. Michael Miller to recuse himself.

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8:58 am
Wed September 4, 2013

Was Sex Consensual? Raised in Naval Academy Assault Case

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A Navy investigator has testified in a hearing to help determine whether three U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen will face a court martial on sexual assault charges.

Special Agent Michelle Robinson testified Tuesday from Bahrain by video teleconference in the Article 32 hearing at the Washington Navy Yard. Robinson testified that the woman at the center of the case told her in an interview that she was unsure whether sexual encounters with the men were consensual or not.

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8:56 am
Tue September 3, 2013

Alcohol Use in Testimony at the Naval Academy Sexual Assault Case

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WASHINGTON (AP) - U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen testified Monday at a hearing to help determine whether three students will be court-martialed in a sexual assault case.

Midshipman Christa Kamon, a friend of the alleged victim, testified she saw her fall down while dancing at an alcohol-fueled, off-campus toga party in Annapolis, Md., in April 2012. Kamon also testified her friend was slurring her speech. Defense attorneys questioned Kamon's recollection.

The woman has testified she has no memory of having sex with any of the three midshipmen who are accused in the case.

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10:33 am
Fri August 30, 2013

Phone Recording May Be Key in Naval Academy Sexual Assault Case

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A recorded telephone call shows that a female Naval Academy student told one of the midshipmen accused of sexually assaulting her not to talk to investigators.

A defense attorney for one of the three midshipmen accused in the assault played a recording of the telephone call Thursday while cross-examining the woman.

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8:54 am
Thu August 29, 2013

No Memory of Sexual Assault, Says Alleged Victim in Naval Academy Case

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A woman who is accusing three fellow Naval Academy midshipmen of sexually assaulting her at an off-campus party has testified that she doesn't remember the alleged attack but that rumors spread quickly that she had sex with six to nine people.

The senior testified for more than two hours Wednesday at the Washington Navy Yard at a hearing that will determine if the three former football players will face court-martial.

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8:45 am
Thu August 22, 2013

Naval Academy Beefs Up Sexual Assault Prevention Program

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The U.S. Naval Academy is trying to make training about ways to prevent sexual assault part of the regular academic work day.

Capt. Bill Byrne, the commandant of midshipmen, said Wednesday that's a change, because the training has been done at night, during briefings and in role-playing venues outside of classroom hours. He says it's believed the change will improve the training by making it part of the core curriculum.

Byrne says the academy will implement the change for the spring semester.

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9:15 am
Mon June 3, 2013

U.S. Naval Academy Teacher Convicted on Lesser Charges in Sexual Assault Case

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - A former U.S. Naval Academy history teacher has been acquitted of sexually assaulting a female student but convicted of lesser charges.

A military jury on Friday found Marine Corps Maj. Mark Thompson not guilty of sexual assault but guilty of indecent acts, fraternization and conduct unbecoming an officer.

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12:17 pm
Fri May 24, 2013

President Addresses Sexual Assault in Military During Naval Academy Graduation

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - President Barack Obama says sexual assault threatens the "trust and discipline" that makes the U.S. military strong and respected.

Speaking at the U.S. Naval Academy commencement ceremony, Obama urged new graduates to exhibit honor and courage in tackling incidents of sexual assault as they assume leadership positions in the military.

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10:01 am
Thu May 16, 2013

A Navy Veteran Tells His Story of Sexual Assault in the Military

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The Pentagon has been rocked by another allegation of sexual assault in Fort Hood allegedly involving a sergeant who oversaw the prevention program against such abuse. Baltimore resident Brian Lewis served in the Navy from the late 1990's until 2001 and a Senate committee investigating the scandals that he too was assaulted. He spoke with Delmarva Public Radio's Don Rush about his story and reaction to the latest revelations. Lewis is also a member of Protect Our Defenders, an advocacy group involved with this issue.

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9:55 am
Tue May 14, 2013

Sexual Assault Suit Against Vance Phillips; OC Manager David Recor Faces Restraining Court Order

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Vance Phillips

A lawsuit has been filed against veteran Sussex County council member Vance Phillips claiming that he sexually assaulted a young woman after encouraging her to become involved in politics.

The complaint claims that Phillips forced sex on the woman several times in 2011 just after she turned 18.

The suit alleges that Phillips threatened the young woman not to tell anyone.

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10:44 am
Fri March 1, 2013

ACLU Files Court Order Against Delaware Prisons In Rape Case

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The American Civil Liberties Union has filed for a court order to enforce reforms in Delaware prisons claiming the Department of Corrections has failed to follow through on its promises to protect female prisoners from sexual assault.

The legal action comes five years after a female prisoner reported being raped by a prison guard.

That resulted in a year and a-half of civil lawsuits brought with the help of the ACLU which resulted in a settlement.

The agreement required the Corrections Department to carry out a series of reforms at the Baylor Women’s Institution.

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Delmarva Today
10:02 am
Fri August 24, 2012

Delmarva Today 8-24-12

Jennifer Thompson and Ronald Cotton, PAC 14

"Picking Cotton: Our Memoir of Injustice and Redemption" recounts the 1984 rape case that sent Ronald Cotton to prison after mistakenly being identified by Jennifer Thompson.


Guests:


Authors Ronald Cotton and Jennifer Thompson.