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Navy football players accused of sexual assault

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Three members of the U.S. Naval Academy's football team are being investigated after a female student accussed them of sexual assault.

A senior is under investigation as the main suspect in the sexual assault of a female midshipmen allegedly by three Navy football players.

According to military sources, the investigation started a year ago and stopped when the alleged victim decided she didn't want to pursue charges. She reportedly changed her mind a few months ago and the investigation was re-launched.

A Naval academy spokesman say only that "leadership is monitoring the progress of this investigation and evaluating the appropriate options."

Sexual assault in military ranks has been a major point of contention recently, especially after a Pentagon report indicated that 26,000 service members were assaulted in 2012. The Department of Veterans Affairs also pegged the number of veterans treated for illness or injuries related to sexual abuse last year at 85,000.

These latest accusations also come on the heels of the commencement of jury selection in the trial of a former Naval Academy teacher on charges of sexually assaulting a student. Marine Maj. Mark Thompson is accused of assaulting a woman in 2011.

It's not the first time in recent memory that a member of the Midshipmen football team has been accused of sexual assault. Seven years ago, former Navy quarterback Lamar Owens was accused of raping a woman. He was acquitted of those charges.

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