Prosecutor: Sex assault victim was black-out drunk

AP News
Posted: Mar 18, 2014 1:32 PM

WASHINGTON (AP) — A prosecutor says a woman who accuses a former Naval Academy football player of sexual assault was so drunk at a party that she blacked out and was not able to consent to sex.

Prosecutor Lt. Cmdr. Ryan Stormer said Tuesday during opening statements of Joshua Tate's court-martial that the woman was drinking "shot after shot after shot."

The woman has said she doesn't remember being sexually assaulted after a night of heavy drinking in 2012, but heard from others she had sex with multiple people at the party.

Tate's attorneys say the woman was able to make her own decisions, including about sex.

The trial for Tate, of Nashville, Tenn., comes as the military is under heavy scrutiny to curb sexual assaults within its ranks.