Navy E-7 Charged with Child Molestation, No Misconduct Finding by Discharge Board

Prior to our involvement and based upon the erroneous advice of a Navy JAG, a Navy Chief with over 17 years of military service entered into a pre-trial diversion agreement (PDA) to resolve civilian charges that he sexually molested a 12-year old girl. Unknown to our client, this PDA qualified as a “Civilian Conviction” under existing Navy regulations and triggered mandatory separation processing. At his subsequent administrative discharge board, we convinced the members that the evidence did not support a finding that he committed the alleged misconduct. Result: Members found that NO MISCONDUCT occurred and our client was RETAINED in the U.S. Navy.