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Naval Academy to alter screening process after Marine officer investigated for sexual misconduct

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Major Mark Thompson, Major Michael Pretus
Major Michael Pretus (left) and Major Mark Thompson (right).

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The U.S. Naval Academy will fix a flaw in its screening process that enabled a Marine Corps officer to teach there after he had been investigated for an accusation that he had sex with a female midshipman.

Vice Adm. Walter Carter told the academy’s Board of Visitors of the change this week.

In June, The Washington Post reported Maj. Michael Pretus became an instructor because of a communication failure among military leaders and a defect in the academy’s screening of staffers.

The former midshipman’s accusation that she had sex with Pretus in 2011 triggered an investigation that ended after he refused to co-operate.

He became an instructor in 2014. It wasn’t until the newspaper wrote about Thompson’s case that academy leaders learned about the allegations against Pretus, who was removed in April.

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