Marine convicted of indecent acts faces court martial again

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Posted: Jun 21, 2016 4:56 PM

QUANTICO, Va. (AP) — A former Naval Academy instructor convicted of indecent acts with female midshipmen is facing another court-martial on charges that he lied to clear his name.

Marine Corps spokesman Rex Runyon said Tuesday that commanders have approved a general court-martial against Maj. Mark Thompson. He was convicted in 2013 of committing indecent acts, fraternization and conduct unbecoming an officer while an academy instructor. One student alleged Thompson assaulted her; another reported an ongoing, consensual relationship.

The new charges of making false statements and conduct unbecoming an officer stem from Thompson's efforts to clear his name by taking his story to The Washington Post. Instead, a Post reporter found further evidence that Thompson lied about sexual encounters with students.

Thompson will be arraigned in the next month.