A Marine major will face a court hearing Friday to determine if he will stand trial for allegedly lying on the stand while facing a 2014 disciplinary board on allegations of sexual misconduct with two Naval Academy midshipmen.
Maj. Mark Thompson may be charged with making a false official statement and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, Rex Runyon, a spokesman for Marine Corps Installations Command, told Military.com.
Thompson, a former instructor at the Naval Academy in Annapolis, was acquitted at a 2013 court-martial of sexual assault in a 2011 incident in which the two young women alleged he had sex with them at his home. But he was convicted of fraternization and indecent sexual contact with a midshipman.
An administrative board of inquiry concluded in 2014 that Thompson should not be discharged from the Corps after the major claimed one of his accusers, identified by The Washington Post as Sarah Stadler, was lying about the relationship the two had shared — one that he claimed was only professional.
But an extensive Washington Post investigation published earlier this year has cast serious doubt on the veracity of Thompson’s claims, and prompted the Marine Corps to open a new investigation…