The military has launched an investigation of a Marine accused of sexual misconduct with two female Naval Academy cadets.
According to The Washington Post, Major Mark Thompson of the US Marine Corps is a former US Naval Academy instructor who taught history at the institution, in addition to being a seasoned combat veteran, having served in both Iraq and Afghanistan.
Thompson has been accused by former Cadet Sarah Stadler, who along with another woman claimed he had sex with them after a drunken night of strip poker at his home in Virginia in 2011. Stadler insists that the relationship was consensual and an ongoing affair, while her friend referred to it as rape.
Originally accused of rape in 2013, Thompson was acquitted and allowed to stay in the Marine Corps following two months in the brig and a $60,000 fine.
Though Thompson denies that there was ever a relationship between the pair, a long lost cellphone owned by Stadler could confirm what prosecutors have suspected all along — that Thompson lied under oath.
“I can confirm that the Marine Corps is examining new evidence that has recently come to light as a result of the Washington Post article about Maj. Thompson’s case,” said Rex A. Runyon, a Marine Corps spokesman. “I cannot provide additional details as it is our policy not to discuss ongoing investigations.”
Unfortunately for Thompson, the texts on Stadler’s phone may imply that not only was he conversing inappropriately with Stadler, they were also having a sexual relationship.
When confronted by journalists at the beginning of this year, Thompson acknowledged that Stadler had come to his house the night after graduation but insisted she did so only to give him a pair of commemorative glasses and her photograph.
Stadler was expelled from the military in 2014 after lying about a relationship with an enlisted man. Since then, the US Government has tried to recoup over $85,000 from her for the time she owed the Navy after graduation. Seeking debt forgiveness, Stadler hoped that working with authorities to take down Thompson might help her cause.
“The right thing to do,” she said, “is to see that justice is served.”
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