Naval Academy sex assault case: Former defendant scheduled for deposition

Midshipman Eric Graham had sex assault charges against him dropped. Graham will be deposed as part of the court martial of his Navy football teammate, Joshua Tate.

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WASHINGTON (AP) - A former U.S. Naval Academy football player is scheduled to speak publicly for the first time in a case in which a teammate is accused of sexual assault.

Eric Graham of Eight Mile, Ala., who was previously charged in the case, is scheduled to be deposed Tuesday during a hearing in Washington for Joshua Tate of Nashville, Tenn. Tate is facing a court-martial, the military's equivalent of a trial, in mid-March. A military judge has been holding a series of hearings ahead of the trial.

The head of the Navy Academy dismissed the charges against Graham in January after a recommendation from prosecutors. But Graham could be called as a witness at Tate's trial.

The Naval Academy confirmed Monday that Graham is in the process of leaving the school.

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