Among the academics making the news this week is former Naval Academy professor Patrick Harrison, 66. It is not the type of publicity a professor craves. He is charged with raping a 12-year-old girl while teaching at the Academy. What is interesting about this case is that the alleged victim took 15 years to come forward with the claims.
These delayed allegations are not uncommon in the area of child molestation, as shown in the controversies around the Catholic Church. The question is whether there is contemporary statements that add to the allegations.
The Baltimore Sun reports that Harrison tried to contact the woman since she made the allegations and she has secured a protective order.
Harrison taught computer science at the Academy.
Presumably, if the girl had told her parents, charges would have been brought. The question is whether she has any contemporary record or disclosure. Otherwise, this could be a difficult case to prove unless Harrison made admissions in the recent efforts to reach the victim.
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