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January-23-97

West Point Cadet on Trial for Raping Female Cadet

On January 22, the U.S. Military Academy at West Point begun a court martial against a male cadet accused of raping a female cadet during a party. The female cadet alleges that James P. Engelbrecht forced himself on her even though she told him repeatedly to stop and to get off of her. This is the first rape trial at the academy in which a cadet is accusing another cadet since the academy has admitted women in 1976. The panel of seven Army officers, all male, will decide the case; five of them must find the defendant guilty for there to be a conviction.

Media Resources: The New York Times - January 22, 1997