Navy E-9 Retires as a Master Chief Despite Unprofessional Relationship

A Navy Master Chief with over 26 years of military service was charged with an unprofessional relationship, sexual harassment, disrespect to a commissioned officer and wrongfully soliciting a subordinate Sailor for sexual intercourse. His command referred his case to a court-martial and our client was facing the possibility of a criminal record, confinement, and the loss of his retirement. After being retained, we conducted an exhaustive investigation into the command climate at our client’s Squadron that revealed a great deal of similar misconduct by other members of the Squadron. We were then able to negotiate an alternate disposition of the charges against our client. As a result of this alternate disposition, our client avoided a criminal record, avoided confinement, and was able to RETIRE as a Master Chief.