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Navy QB to be court-martialed in rape case

Star player accused of attacking female midshipman in dorm room
Navy quarterback Lamar Owens apologized for an attack on tape-recorded calls to the alleged victim, according to Naval investigators.
Navy quarterback Lamar Owens apologized for an attack on tape-recorded calls to the alleged victim, according to Naval investigators.U.S. Coast Guard via Getty Image
/ Source: NBC News and news services

The star quarterback of the U.S. Naval Academy football team will face a court-martial on charges he raped a female midshipman in January, NBC News reported on Friday.

Midshipman Lamar Owens Jr., 22, is charged with rape, indecent acts and assault, and conduct unbecoming an officer. No date was set for the court-martial.

The woman, who has not been publicly identified, accused Owens of attacking her in her academy dorm room on Jan. 29, officials said.

Naval investigators revealed at Owens’ pretrial hearing on March 8 that they had tape-recorded telephone calls from Owens to the woman in which he apologized for the alleged assault.

The woman said at the hearing that she called Owens on the phone and an investigator listened as Owens told her he felt distraught about what he had done and considered killing himself.

“I didn’t do it for that long, you weren’t even awake,” the midshipman quoted Owens as saying.

The alleged victim testified the assault occurred after she had been out drinking at an Annapolis bar with friends. She said she was examined for rape on Jan. 31 and reported the attack to criminal investigators on Feb. 6. The taped conversation occurred shortly after.

Under cross-examination, the woman acknowledged she was very drunk on the night of the assault and that her memory of events was spotty. When defense attorney Wroble asked her if it was possible that she had consented to sex, she answered, “I suppose.”

Owens guided Navy’s football team to an 8-4 season record that included victories over Air Force and Army and a victory in the Poinsettia Bowl over Colorado State.

NBC News also said that, if convicted, Owens could face punishment ranging from dismissal and forfeiture of pay, up to life in prison.

The Navy has not set a date for the court-martial proceeding but one Navy official said he expected it to be held in the D.C. area.