- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 4, 2000

Two Navy football players were charged yesterday with raping a female midshipman last week at an off-campus party in Arnold, Md.

Cordrea ("Dre") Brittingham and Arion ("Bas") Williams were charged with second-degree rape, a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison, said Kristin Riggin, spokeswoman for the Anne Arundel County State's Attorneys Office.

The players also were charged with second-degree sex offense, a nonconsensual sex act punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

In addition, Williams, a cornerback from Detroit, was charged with third-degree sex offense, nonconsensual sexual contact punishable by up to 10 years.

The two upcoming juniors were held on $250,000 bond each, Anne Arundel County police spokesman Tom O'Connor said.

Navy spokesman Cmdr. Mike Brady read a prepared statement but would not elaborate.

"The state's attorney and Anne Arundel County Police have primary jurisdiction on this case," Brady said. "Since this matter is still under investigation by state authorities, it would be inappropriate for the Naval Academy to discuss the allegations or details of this case."

The reported assault occurred at a party late Thursday or early Friday.

The victim told police she passed out in one of the bedrooms after becoming intoxicated at the party. She woke up when she was being assaulted, police said in a statement. She pushed the two men away, and they left the home.

Police were alerted at 2:02 a.m. Friday by the North Arundel Hospital in Glen Burnie.

Anne Arundel County Police took custody of the two midshipmen yesterday afternoon, O'Connor said. They were turned over to the county's criminal investigation unit in Crownsville by Naval Intelligence, O'Connor said.

Anne Arundel County Police worked with the Navy Criminal Investigative Service but had primary jurisdiction in investigating the case.

The Naval Academy has been rocked in recent years by a series of scandals involving drug use, car thefts and sexual assaults on female midshipmen.

Several midshipmen, including some athletes, have been expelled for sexual misconduct or fraternization.

Brittingham, a running back from Berlin, gained 350 yards on 53 carries last season for Navy, which finished 5-7. He rushed for a career-high 124 yards in a 31-28 victory over West Virginia on Oct. 2.

Williams started 11 of 12 games in the secondary, recording 60 tackles and two interceptions.

• This article is based in part on wire reports.

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