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Navy's online courts-martial report reveals charges, penalties

Jul. 30, 2013 - 06:00AM   |  
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Read the courts-martial list, now including names of those found guilty, at navytimes.com/courtmartialverdicts
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The Navy released the results of 136 special and general courts-martial — every one convened by the service from January through June — on July 22, the first data released in what will be a running tally of such results designed to increase accountability in the fleet’s judicial system.

Two days later, the Marine Corps followed suit.

The Navy Department’s top official said the tally would be part of wide-ranging efforts to curb sexual assault in the fleet.

“This department is committed to using all available resources to prevent this crime, aggressively investigate allegations and prosecute as appropriate,” Navy Secretary Ray Mabus said in a statement. “We will not hide from this challenge — we will be active, open and transparent.”

Each item lists the alleged offender’s paygrade, the charges the offender faced, the location of the court-martial and the decision reached — including penalties, if any. Guilty and not-guilty verdicts are provided, too. Names were not initially included. But after a Navy Times query, officials decided to add the names of those convicted.

While names of convicted sailors — and some Marines — are now provided, the Navy will not post names of those who were acquitted in the mass release, Cmdr. Ryan Perry, a Navy spokesman, said.

“To have the names of those found not guilty at court-martial released in a public fashion could well have unintended consequences for the participants in the proceedings,” he said.

A breakdown of the list reveals nearly 50, or about 36 percent of the courts-martial involved crimes that were sexual in nature. Charges ranged from adultery to sexual assault to possession of child porn. About half of the sex-related cases specifically cite assault or abuse, and four involve sexual assaults on children. Twelve cases involve possession of child pornography. Other crimes include larceny, drug use and physical assault.

The Marine Corps racked up more cases in the same period — 219, involving both Marines and sailors. However, only about a quarter of them were sex-related crimes. The Navy had only 15 courts-martial involving illegal drugs or wrongful use of a controlled substance. The Corps revealed about 40 cases involving drug charges.

While the initial posting spanned six months, you can expect monthly updates to the list as courts-martial verdicts are rendered, Perry said. A news release will appear on www.navy.mil the first week of every month with the latest court-martial verdicts. While they will cycle off the official homepage, you can always access the list at www.jag.navy.mil/news/ROT.htm.

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