A Naval Academy midshipman was found not guilty of second-degree rape by a jury yesterday morning following more than a week of arguments in Anne Arundel Circuit Court.
The Baltimore Sun reports that Garrett Lee Holsen, of Wisconsin, that he had intercourse with a heavily intoxicated midshipman during an off-campus party last year following the Herndon Monument Climb. Holsen testified that he had developed a close relationship with the woman and that he thought their relationship could develop into a romantic one. But prosecutors said that he took advantage of a drunk friend to have sex with her.
In a statement, Anne Arundel State’s Attorney Anne Colt Leitess commended the woman for testifying and prosecutors “for their efforts in seeking justice even when it isn’t always found.” She said she is “disappointed in the outcome” of the trial, and vowed to “continue to seek justice” in sexual assault cases.
The defense said it was grateful for the jury's decision.