Military trial in Peace Corps rape case begins

Trial for Navy SEAL support team sailor accused of raping Peace Corps worker in Uganda begins

By The Associated Press

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) ‘ A former Peace Corps worker who taught at a girl’s school in rural Uganda has told a military jury that a sailor who does construction work for Navy SEALs raped her in his hotel room in the country’s capital.

The 27-year-old woman testified Monday that her sexual encounter with Petty Officer 2nd Class Camaren Walker started out as consensual. But when his condom slipped off twice, she wanted him to stop. She says he raped her four times.

During the military’s equivalent of a preliminary hearing in April, Walker’s attorneys suggested charges were brought because of political pressure.

In opening arguments, one of Walker’s attorneys said the woman simply regretted her decision to have sex with Walker.

The Associated Press generally does not identify victims of sexual assault.