Two Navy recruiters charged for engaging in sexual acts with poolee recruits

Then-Gas Turbine Systems Technician 2nd Class Rondell Bethelmy made speed adjustments on board the guided-missile destroyer Shoup during a 2006 drill. Now a chief, he's awaiting trial by court-martial. (Navy)

Two former Navy recruiters have been charged with engaging in unlawful sexual acts with poolee recruits, according to charge sheets released by the Navy.

Commander Lara Bollinger of the Navy Recruiting Command ensured that the Navy would take action on the matter, which involved Chief Gas Turbine Systems Mechanic Rondell L. Bethelmy and Interior Communications Electrician 1st Class Jammar Starks- two former recruiters who were out of line when it came to interacting with future Sailors.

“Our recruiters are required to uphold the highest standards. Navy Recruiting Command takes any allegation of recruiter sexual misconduct seriously and ensures that each allegation is fully investigated,” Bollinger said. “If an allegation is substantiated, Navy Recruiting Command takes all appropriate measures to hold the responsible sailor accountable.”

Starks reportedly engaged in sexual acts with a “future Sailor” in 2015 while working in Tulsa, Oklahoma, while Bethelmy had sex with and sent explicit photos to a recruit (now Sailor) out of Aurora, Colorado, in April of 2017.

Bethelmy has since been charged with two counts of failing to obey a lawful general order. His special court martial will begin in Norfolk, VA, on November 21.

According to the Navy Times, Starks faces a single count of violating a general order, though his court martial date has yet to be established.

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