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Navy Admiral Is Accused Anew

November 26, 1998

WASHINGTON (AP) _ A Navy admiral facing accusations of adultery and lying to investigators is also accused of improperly steering $150,000 in defense contracts to a woman with whom he was having an affair, according to published reports.

Rear. Adm. John T. Scudi faces a Dec. 14 hearing to determine whether he should be court-martialed on two counts of adultry and on allegations of giving false official statements, obstruction of justice and an ethics violation, Lt. Cmdr. Marki McDonald said Wednesday.

One of the allegations is that he steered $150,000 in military training contracts to the woman from 1993 to 1997, The New York Times and The Washington Post said in today’s editions.

Scudi, who is married, is accused of having an affair with a defense contractor and a senior Navy civilian employee. The allegations were first reported Wednesday in The Washington Times.

Navy Secretary Richard Danzig said the case of Scudi merits special attention because of the ``questions about impropriety with contractors.″

Scudi had directed the Navy office of outsourcing and privatization at the Pentagon, an office that handles millions of dollars in defense contracting each year. In August, he was relieved of those Washington duties and was transferred to the Navy Surface Forces Command at Norfolk, Va., said Lt. Cmdr. Mark McDonald.

The Navy said that Scudi, if convicted on all charges, would be dismissal and up to 11 1/2 years in prison, the Navy said.

The 54-year-old Scudi, who through the Navy has refused comment, has requested retirement after serving 32 years, McDonald said.

``He will be investigated whether the retirement is granted or not,″ McDonald said.

Today’s newspaper reports said the matter came to light when the civilian contractor Scudi was allegedly having an affair with learned that the admiral was also having an affair with a female Navy employee. The Washington Times said that the defense contractor ``blew the whistle″ when she learned the admiral was starting the second affair.

In recent years, critics have complained that officers accused of misconduct or adultery have been allowed to quietly retire or receive administrative punishments while enlisted men and women face courts-martial. If Scudi is tried for adultery, he will be only the second admiral to face court-martial on such a charge since Congress adopted the Uniform Code of Military Justice in 1951, according to defense officials. Other cases have been handled administratively.

``I think we need to treat our leaders and enlisted people the same way,″ Navy Secretary Danzig said on CNN’s ``Late Edition″ Wednesday.

In the interview, Danzig suggested he was most disturbed by allegations about defense spending. ``I’m struck by how this case involves questions about impropriety with contractors, and that means we need to pay special attention to it,″ he said.

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