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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) - The case of three former U.S. Naval Academy football players accused of sexually assaulting a female midshipman at a crowded off-campus house is bringing fresh criticism and calls for greater accountability on academy leaders.

As the entire military faces scrutiny about how sexual assault cases are handled, some are focusing on the training ground for future military leaders as a natural starting point for addressing problem.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., wants to create a commission, partly to examine how well superintendents are addressing sexual assault.

The academy, meanwhile, is putting a greater emphasis on training to prevent sexual assault. It also has sent letters to people who open their homes to midshipmen to help the school stop students from renting or leasing off-campus homes.

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WASHINGTON (AP) — A military hearing for three former Navy football players accused of sexual assault is set to resume after the alleged victim was given a day to rest.

Testimony was scheduled to continue Sunday morning at the Washington Navy Yard.

The hearing is being held to determine whether the three U.S. Naval Academy midshipmen will be court-martialed on the charges. It was postponed Saturday because the alleged victim said she was too fatigued to testify after a week of difficult cross-examination.

The woman, who is now a senior at the academy, allegedly was sexually assaulted at an April 2012 party after a night of heavy drinking. She says she doesn't remember having sex with the men.

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St. Louis County Police have officially charged a South County school teacher with sexual assault.

Forty seven year old James Wilder III was arrested at Sperreng Middle School on Tuesday and charged Wednesday with six counts of second-degree sodomy for crimes that prosecutors say occurred between August 1996 and September 1997.

The alleged victim, who was 16 years old at the time, came forward this summer with the allegations. In Missouri, if a victim of a sexual crime is younger than 18, prosecution must start within 30 years after the victim reaches age 18. Wilder is being held in the St. Louis County jail on a $50,000 cash-only bond. 

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 ALTON, Ill. (AP) - A southwestern Illinois man is jailed on $1 million bond after being accused of sexually assaulting a girl for about three years.

   The (Alton) Telegraph reports Madison County prosecutors charged 48-year-old Jack Garrett of Alton with eight counts of predatory sexual assault of a child and five counts of criminal sexual assault of a child.

   The charges related to alleged sexual conduct when the girl was between 11 and 13 years old, from February 2001 and July of this year.

   A spokeswoman for the county state's attorney's office says the investigation began when the girl reported the allegations to a family member, who then notified authorities.

 
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A former cable repairman will be in prison until he is nearly 100 years old for terrorizing and sexually assaulting a customer.

The crime happened in December of last year in O'Fallon, Missouri. James Hederle repaired the victim's cable one day and then asked her out. The next day, around midnight, Hederle returned to her house, broke down the front door, and tied the woman up. He proceeded to rape the woman and said if she told anyone he would kill her.

Thursday, the 22-year-old Hederle was sentenced to 75 years in prison for the crime.

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One suspect is being investigated in connection to a possible sexual assault at an off-campus St. Louis University apartment.

Police received reports that a 21-year-old man was boasting about having sex with a teen at an off campus apartment. The girl in question told investigators she could not remember the encounter.

The incident occurred in the 300 block of South Grand Avenue.

 

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An 18-year-old Wentzville man will spend decades behind bars for sexually assaulting several children.

Jacob Dolson was sentenced to 30 years for nine felony charges. Prosecutors proved that Dolson sexually abused four children who attended his mother's daycare. The children were between the ages of 3 and 9. Dolson will serve at least 25 years of his sentence and spend the rest of his life as a registered sex offender.

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NEW YORK (AP) — Sexual assault occurs in many settings, and the perpetrators come from every part of U.S. society.

Yet as recent incidents and reports make clear, it's a particularly intractable problem in the military, with its enduring macho culture and unique legal system.

Advocates for change say one significant factor is the perception by many victims in the military that they lack the recourses available in the civilian world to bring assailants to justice.

The military insists it takes the problem seriously and has implemented numerous policies and programs to reduce the assaults.

But the problem persists.

A recent Pentagon report estimates that 26,000 service members were sexually assaulted last year, up from 19,000 in 2011. Victims reported 3,374 incidents in 2012, and there were convictions in 238 of those cases.

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Reports of a disturbing case of sexual assault coming from Belleville.

A 45-year-old man is in custody after allegedly raping a 2-year-old girl. Officers say there was a witness present for the assault. The suspect in the case is a relative of the child. The toddler has been taken to a hospital for evaluation.

The case is now in the hands of the State's Attorney.

 

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   Determined not to let the statute of limitations keep them from prosecuting a serial rapist, St. Clair County authorities have charged a suspect identified only by his DNA profile with a 2005 assault in East St. Louis.  

   The profile is linked to four other sexual assault cases between 1997 and 2008.  

   Prosecutors say they to the action in order to file charges before the 10 year statute of limitations runs out.

    Illinois State Police Lt. Dave Wasmuth says he believes the serial rapist will eventually be arrested. "We're just waiting for his DNA to be taken, submitted to the DNA index, and a match will occur, Lt. Wasmuth said.  "And then the warrant would be amended and actually put that person's name on the warrant."

   St. Clair County State’s Attorney Brendan Kelly says the victim, who no longer lives in the St. Louis area, is "happy" that authorities are pursing a conviction so aggressively.

  This is the first time St. Clair County prosecutors have filed charges against a suspect identified only by a DNA profile, but similar legal actions have been taken elsewhere in Illinois.  

   Bail for the unnamed suspect has already been set at $750,000.

 
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