Navy Rape Case: Sailors Daniel Saunders, Freddrick Thompson, Michael Willis Charged In Sex Assault

Three Navy sailors have been accused in the sexual assault of a Suffolk, Va., woman.

Daniel Saunders, 22, Freddrick Thompson, 24, and Michael Willis, 20, face charges including abduction, forcible sodomy and rape after the victim reported that she was assaulted at an apartment on Aug. 16.

Citing police records, WTKR reported that at one point, "all three sailors were sexually assaulting the woman at the same time."

The woman was reportedly having consensual sex with Thompson. The alleged rape began when the other two sailors joined in without her consent. According to the criminal complaint, the woman "felt scared it would be worse if she resisted."

She reported the assault on Aug. 19, and the sailors were arrested two days later, according to the Virginian-Pilot.

The men, who are being held without bail in Western Tidewater Regional Jail, are scheduled to appear in court this week.

These are the most recent allegations of sexual assault involving U.S. Navy personnel. In June, three U.S. Naval Academy football players were charged with the rape of a female midshipman.

Those accusations came shortly after the Pentagon released a report estimating that 26,000 military personnel -- across all branches -- experienced “unwanted sexual contact” in 2012, up from about 19,300 in 2010, according to Department of Defense data.



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