You will be redirected to the page you want to view in  seconds.

Former Naval Academy instructor sentenced to 60 days in jail

Jun. 3, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
  • Filed Under

A Marine officer and former Naval Academy instructor found guilty of fraternization and indecent acts with two mids was sentenced Monday to 60 days’ confinement.

Maj. Mark Thompson will serve his time at a military jail in Chesapeake, Va., an academy release said. The jury also sentenced him to a $2,500 fine, per month, for two years and a reprimand that will become a permanent part of his record.

Once his sentence is over, Thompson will face a board of inquiry to determine whether he can continue his service.

Thompson was found guilty of one count of indecent acts, two counts of conduct unbecoming an officer and two counts of fraternization. He was found not guilty of raping a mid at his home in April 2011, a jury determined late Friday.

The officer’s court-martial began last Tuesday at Washington Navy Yard and his sentencing began early Monday morning.

Thompson was accused of assaulting the mid on April 30, 2011, along with having consensual sex with another mid that same evening. It was the day of the academy’s annual croquet match with St. John’s College, and both women had spent the day drinking at the event, according to their testimony. They testified that the night ended at Thompson’s home where they played strip poker and drank multiple tequila shots. After allegedly moving to the bedroom, one woman, now a Marine second lieutenant, testified she was sexually assaulted. The other mid, Sarah Stadler, now an ensign, said she had consensual sex with the major that night, and that it was just the latest of multiple sexual encounters with him.

The woman who accused of him of rape testified that her memory of the night is hazy.

“I’m not really sure if I struggled. I don’t think I did because I was so shocked and confused, like some out-of-body experience,” she told the jury.

But Thompson’s defense attorneys said the Marine was a “victim of fabrication” and that while the two mids did arrive at his house, they only used the bathroom and then left.

The defense tried to undermine both womens’ credibility with the jury, presenting a series of text messages that included one from Stadler to his rape accuser that said “What’s the story so I don’t mix it up?”

She responded, “Say anything and everything ... haha.”

Answers by RallyPoint

Join trending discussions in the military's #1 professional community. See what members like yourself have to say from across the DoD.

More In News

Start your day with a roundup of top defense news.

VA Home Loan

Search By:

Product Options:
Zip Code:

News for your in-box

Sign up now for free Military Times E-Reports. Choose from Money and Education. Subscribers: log in for premium e-newsletters.

This Week's Marine Corps Times

This Week's Marine Corps Times

First sergeant vs. master sergeant
Choose the rank that's best for your career

Subscribe for Print or Digital delivery today!

MilitaryTimes Green Trusted Classifieds Looking to buy, sell and connect on Military Times?
Browse expanded listings across hundreds of military installations.
Faces of valorHonoring those who fought and died in Operations Iraqi Freedom and Enduring Freedom.
hall of valorThe Hall of Valor is a searchable database of valor award citations collected by Doug Sterner, a Vietnam veteran and Military Times contributing editor, and by Military Times staff.

All you need to know about your military benefits.

Benefits handbook

Guard & Reserve All you need to know about the Guard & Reserve.

guard and reserve handbook