Four US Navy petty officers have been given non-judicial punishment and orders to leave the military after they were accused of sex crimes with a minor in the barracks.
The four Sailors managed to avoid court-martial due to insufficient evidence needed to take the matter to trial.
“The Sailors were not taken to court martial because there was insufficient evidence that they were aware the victim was underage,” Submarine Group 9 LTCDR Michael Smith said.
The incident that set the entire process off allegedly took place on September 19, 2017, when four 3rd class petty officers -assigned to a submarine command- reportedly engaged in sexual acts with a girl who was younger than 16, but older than 12. The group sex began at a smoke pit but later moved to the barracks. A report indicates that the sex took place “with the door open, and with open recording of the group sex using photography and video equipment.”
The sexual encounter is reported to have taken place at Naval Base Kitsap-Bangor.
Charges were initially brought up on at least two of the Sailors involved, but most have been dropped. The charges ranged from child pornography production to letting a non-family member stay in quarters overnight.
According to the Navy Times, the men were assigned to the submarines USS Henry M. Jackson and USS Nebraska.
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