- The Washington Times - Thursday, April 5, 2007

A U.S. Naval Academy midshipman had sex with a fellow student three times in a D.C. hotel last year without her consent, the woman testified yesterday in the midshipman’s court-martial.

The woman, now a senior at the Annapolis military school, said that she tried to resist Midshipman Kenny Ray Morrison, but that he carried her to a bed, removed her clothes and had sex with her multiple times during the night of Feb. 3, 2006, and early the next morning.

“I continued to say, ‘No, you can’t do this,’ ” the woman told a jury of seven Marine and Navy officers during the first day of testimony at the Washington Navy Yard.

Midshipman Morrison’s attorney, William Ferris, said during opening statements that the former backup football linebacker will testify that the sex was consensual.

The woman, who is not being identified because of the charges, is one of two female midshipman whom prosecutors say Midshipman Morrison had sex with against their wishes last year.

Midshipman Morrison, 24, of Kingwood, Texas, was charged with two counts of indecent assault and two counts of conduct unbecoming an officer for the purported offenses. He was scheduled to graduate last spring but remains a midshipman while his legal case continues.

He originally faced more serious charges of raping the women with the aid of “date rape” drugs, but those counts were dropped after questions arose about the accuracy of tests that Navy prosecutors used to prove the women were drugged.

Midshipman Morrison is the second midshipman to face court-martial for sexual assault in the past year. Former star football quarterback Lamar Owens Jr. was cleared of rape last year but convicted of lesser charges. Academy Superintendent Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt has recommended that Owens be dismissed without graduating, a proposal under review by the secretary of the Navy.

The first accuser in the Morrison case testified yesterday that she had nine drinks that night, starting at an Annapolis restaurant and later at a D.C. nightclub. She began to feel ill and went back to a nearby hotel where midshipmen were staying. The woman fell asleep and awoke to find Midshipman Morrison standing over her, asking her to have sex with him. She said she kissed him but said she didn’t want to have sex.

“I said, ‘No, I can’t,’ ” the woman testified, but Midshipman Morrison persisted and moved her to another bed because another midshipman was sleeping next to her. She said Midshipman Morrison then had sex with her three times over the next several hours.

The second woman, now a Marine officer, testified in a pretrial hearing that Midshipman Morrison gave her a beer at an Annapolis bar the night of April 21. She said her next memory was waking up naked and next to him.

Prosecutors said yesterday that there was evidence Midshipman Morrison had sex with her that night, but Mr. Ferris said Midshipman Morrison will testify that the woman “invited sexual activity.”

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