- 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.