Maj. Mark Thompson at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., earlier this year. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

Maj. Mark Thompson at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Md., earlier this year. (Nikki Kahn/The Washington Post)

June 21 at 11:45 AM
The military announced ­Tuesday that Marine Maj. Mark Thompson — who has long ­insisted that he was falsely accused of having sex with two U.S. Naval Academy students — will face a court-martial on allegations that he lied repeatedly in an effort to prove his innocence.After revelations about Thompson’s case appeared in The Washington Post, the ­military charged him in April with making a false official statement and conduct unbecoming an ­officer and a gentleman. The former history instructor is ­accused of lying to a group of Marines who reviewed his case, pushing a comrade to lie for him at Thompson’s 2013 court-martial and lying to The Post about the two students.

Thompson will probably be arraigned in the coming weeks before facing trial this fall, ­according to Marine spokesman Rex Runyon.

At a preliminary hearing last month, Maj. Babu Kaza, the lead prosecutor, described Thompson’s career as a “fraud” and argued that he should be ­imprisoned for nearly three years, fined $200,000 and ­expelled from the service.

 Thompson, 46, has maintained that he was unfairly ­convicted of sexual misconduct in 2013, but a Post investigation revealed in March that the ­19-year veteran had been ­dishonest when he testified under oath to an administrative board deciding whether he should be kicked out of the service.

 

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