Not guilty verdict in Naval Academy case

In this Feb. 14, 2014, photo, former NFL safety Darren Sharper leaves a courthouse in Los Angeles. An arrest warrant has been issued for Sharper and another man, accusing them of raping two women in New Orleans last year. Sharper also is under investigation in sexual assault cases in Florida, Nevada and Arizona and has pleaded not guilty to rape charges in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )
In this Feb. 14, 2014, photo, former NFL safety Darren Sharper leaves a courthouse in Los Angeles. An arrest warrant has been issued for Sharper and another man, accusing them of raping two women in New Orleans last year. Sharper also is under investigation in sexual assault cases in Florida, Nevada and Arizona and has pleaded not guilty to rape charges in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Nick Ut )

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 Thursday 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.

The woman said she didn’t remember being sexually assaulted after a night of heavy drinking but heard from others she had had sex with multiple partners at the party. Tate was the only one brought to court-martial, the military’s equivalent of a trial.

The other students no longer face charges.

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