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Navy upholds ejection of midshipman who reported sex assault

Navy leaders have backed off a commander's claim that an Iowa State University midshipman fabricated a sexual assault but ruled the victim will nonetheless be expelled for drinking underage before the molestation occurred.

In a recent letter to U.S. Sen. Deb Fischer of Nebraska, a Navy leader said the July 2016 assault was "unfortunate and appalling" but irrelevant to the 20-year-old's decision to drink alcohol the night a man allegedly touched his genitals with a beer bottle. Unwanted touching is considered sexual assault under military rules.

S.C. Evans, commander of the Naval Service Training Command, wrote that the midshipman was warned to avoid underage...