An Australian jury deliberated less than an hour before finding a Navy sailor not guilty of rape, according to Navy officials and news reports.
The 23-year-old USS Denver sailor wept as the verdict was read Friday, according to a report by the Australian Broadcasting Corp. He had been accused of holding the woman down and assaulting her at the Melaleuca on Mitchell backpackers’ hostel in Darwin on Sept. 4, 2013.
A group of sailors from the amphibious transport dock met the woman and two of her friends in a Darwin bar where they drank and danced, the report said. The defendant and the woman left together and went to his room.