BHS Graduate Accused Of Sexual Assault

BHS Graduate Accused Of Sexual Assault

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Eric Graham is a 2009 graduate of Blount High School. He now faces a military judge after being accused of raping a 20 year-old in Annapolis, Maryland.

"He did not and in fact has not been accused at any point of raping anybody and there is no evidence that he engaged in any non-consensual sexual of any kind," said Chip Herrington who represents Graham.

Herrington maintains that his client is innocent. It's not your typical court case, though. Graham is a member of the U.S. Naval Academy and so is the alleged victim.

"Im not going to let this assault define me," said the victim, who is concealing her identity.

Graham and fellow naval midshipman Joshua Tate are accused of raping the victim in a car after leaving a party. Lawyers admit a sex act was performed, but argue that the alleged victim was aware of what was happening.

"And because he didn't stop her and because she now claims that she must have been intoxicated when it happened that equates to a lack of consent. We dispute that it was non-consensual," said Herrington.

The court martial is likely to happen in December or January. The suspects could face jail time and may have to repay the cost of their education.

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