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Navy SEAL acquitted in rape case | The San Diego Union-Tribune
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Navy SEAL acquitted in rape case | The San Diego Union-Tribune

  • A military jury on March 15 acquitted Navy Lt. Joseph “Joey” Benevento in two rape cases.
  • The Navy SEAL had faced six specifications of rape tied to two separate charges involving civilian women.
  • Benevento’s defense attorney complains that a senior military prosecutor in the case was unprofessional.

A military jury has acquitted a commissioned SEAL officer in a rape case his defense team called a “witch hunt.”

During his March 15 court-martial trial, Navy Lt. Joseph “Joey” Benevento, 33, faced six specifications of sexual misconduct tied to two civilian women during a pair of separate incidents that allegedly occurred in 2015 and 2016.

Source: Navy SEAL acquitted in rape case | The San Diego Union-Tribune