ANNAPOLIS, Md. — A 20-year-old midshipman accused of stealing was missing today from the U.S. Naval Academy grounds, forcing the Navy to postpone the scheduled start of his court-martial, officials said.
"The reasons behind his absence are being looked into now," said Cmdr. Kendell Pease, public affairs officer at the academy.
The scheduled court-martial of Clayton Lewis of Roanoke Rapids, N.C., was the third at the academy in 63 years.
Lewis, a second-year midshipman, is charged with the theft of about $8,000 worth of clothing, record albums and other goods from the midshipmen's store.