Navy officer rapes woman and walks free even after admitting to crime

Amelia Dennie, 20, claims she was raped after a Tinder date with a US Navy officer in October 2014.

A US Navy Officer walks after being accused of rape, despite recorded evidence of him admitting to the crime.

According to the Daily Mail, 20-year-old Utah resident Amelia Dennie claims she was sexually assaulted by the unnamed Naval Officer, who she met on Tinder in 2014.

Two days after the rape, she utilized the help of local law enforcement to record a phone conversation with the man, who admitted to ignoring her objections to his advances.

However, a Provo, Utah  jury has sided with the sailor, even after they heard the recording for themselves.

“It broke my heart,” Dennie told Daily Mail as she described the moment the jury delivered their verdict. “It was incredibly re-victimizing in the sense that the man who did it had already ignored my ‘no’. He had already done the absolute worst to me. It felt like the jury did exactly the same thing. It felt like they felt my ‘no’s meant nothing compared to what he wanted.”

The state’s rape rate is far higher than the national average, with 68 per 100,000 females compared to 51- and only a 10 percent of cases reported.

According to Dennie, the defense attorney made several comments criticizing the short cut of her shorts, included as evidence in the post-rape kit.

Amelia Dennie, 20, claims she was raped after a Tinder date with a US Navy officer in October 2014.
Amelia Dennie, 20, claims she was raped after a Tinder date with a US Navy officer in October 2014.

“It’s incredibly victim-blaming. I luckily have gone through so much therapy and so much support to know that it’s not true, that it wasn’t my fault. It was just incredibly difficult to hear him blame me.”

Dennie says that since the rape, she has moved on, marrying a man she met in college who stood by her side through the trial.

‘He’s wonderful, he’s my rock,’ Dennie said.

Visiting a therapist 3-4 hours a week, Dennie says that she’s moving towards getting on with her life.

“I plan on having kids and having a family one day,’ she said, ‘this won’t be part of my daily life forever.”

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  • Andy Wolf

    Andy Wolf is an Appalachian native who spent much of his youth and young adulthood overseas in search of combat, riches, and adventure- accruing decades of experience in military, corporate, first responder, journalistic and advisory roles. He resides in North Carolina's Blue Ridge Mountains with his K9 companion, Kiki.

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