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A Naval Academy superintendent has reviewed a report about the alleged rape of a female midshipman by three football players and determined the case should proceed.

An academy spokesman told NBC News that Vice Adm. Michael H. Miller "'has decided to send this case to Article 32 proceedings,' the military equivalent of a preliminary hearing."

It is not known if all three players—including one whose recent graduation was put on hold pending the Naval Criminal Investigative Services's inquiry— will face charges. The allegation dates to an off-campus party in April 2012. The woman didn't initially cooperate with investigators, but she came forward again earlier this year, when she hired a lawyer who has said the woman has faced ostracism and intimidation.

[NBC News]

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