Navy Student Jailed, Dismissed For Rape

Patrick Edmond was accused of raping a female classmate last October

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    A U.S. Naval Academy student has been sentenced to six months confinement and dismissal from the Navy for raping a female student.

    A military judge sentenced 20-year-old Patrick Edmond on Thursday. According to the Baltimore Sun, Edmond, will serve out his sentence at the Navy brig in Norfolk, Va. The former midshipman 3rd class had previously been convicted by a seven-member military panel after a three-day court-martial earlier this week at the Washington Navy Yard.

    Prosecutors said Edmond exploited a previous relationship with his victim to trap her and force her into a sexual encounter in her dorm room last October. Edmond, of Jackson, Miss., had testified that the sex was consensual.

    Edmond, who had continued to attend classes right up until his conviction, also was found guilty of making a false statement to investigators, but was acquitted on a charge of sodomy. His case is the first court-martial for sexual assault at the Naval Academy since 2008.