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Va. sailor retires in wake of sex-harass report

Friday - 8/30/2013, 3:30pm  ET

NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The former top enlisted sailor aboard the amphibious dock landing ship USS Gunston Hall is retiring after a Navy investigation revealed a pattern of sexual harassment.

Command Master Chief Kelly Smith was removed from his job one year ago as the Navy announced an investigation into alleged misconduct. A report on the investigation obtained by The Virginian-Pilot (http://bit.ly/1dt5RpZ) revealed "a pattern of sexual harassment and fraternizing behavior" by Smith.

It included passing a note to a lower-ranking female sailor with the link to a "swingers" website where couples swapped spouses. The note sparked the investigation, which uncovered other actions that called Smith's character into question.

Smith declined the Pilot's request for an interview.

Since his removal from duty in September 2012, Smith has been serving shore duty in Norfolk.

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Information from: The Virginian-Pilot, http://pilotonline.com


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