Tuesday, November 14, 2006

This is going to hurt

Perhaps not as much as a root canal, but it's still going to hurt.

While the Coast Guard is working diligently to examine the climate at the Coast Guard Academy, in light of this past spring's courts martial, it seems some of the cadets haven't exactly figured out that this might not be a good time for shenanigans of a sexual assault nature.

From the Associated Press as posted at The Boston Globe:
A Coast Guard Academy cadet has been charged with sexual assault at a party in a room at the Navy Lodge, a local motel.

John K. Miller, 19, was charged with third-degree sexual assault, unlawful restraint and breach of peace Sunday after Groton Town police responded to a late-night party at the Navy Lodge.

Police found Miller with a broken nose and said someone had punched him in the face, but they would not say whether it was the victim.

Police said Miller prevented the victim from leaving a room at the Navy Lodge and forced sexual contact by threat of force.

The charges against Miller come while an academy task force is reviewing policies, partially in response to last summer's court-martial of a cadet for sexual assault.

Webster M. Smith, 23, is serving a six-month prison sentence for extorting sexual favors from a female classmate.

The Navy Lodge is strictly reserved for military personnel, their family and guests, Senior Chief Steve Strickland, a public affairs officer, said.

Miller has been turned over to the Coast Guard until his scheduled court appearance Nov. 22 in New London Superior Court.

The Coast Guard Academy said it will launch its own investigation into Miller's case and says he is attending classes at the academy until his court appearance.
On a side note, it seems that Mr. Miller is a 2005 graduate of Wayland Academy, a small, independent, boarding school in northern Wisconsin.

And, yes, for those who are keeping track, Wayland is on my short list of possible schools at which to teach.

1 comment:

  1. There is a possibility that some of the females at the Navy Lodge were female cadets that were involved in the Webster Smith case. They had no idea how fast karma would come full circle. Having dodged a bullet, can give one a false sense of invincibility. Some of the Academy athletic teams might be missing a few members next year.

    However, Cadet John K. Miller will not be pulled out of class, removed from the Chase Hall barracks, or forced to work at hard labor on the boat docks pending the investigation as Cadet Webster Smith was forced to do. John K. Miller will get the benefit of the doubt and every presumption in his favor. His cadet photo will not be plastered all over the newspapers before any charges are filed, as was done to Webster Smith.
    So much for even handed justice.