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Navy Officer Relieved of Duties During Sexual Harassment Investigation

December 13, 1995

PEARL HARBOR, Hawaii (AP) _ In the Navy’s latest sex-related scandal, a senior officer was accused of sexual harassment, adultery and conduct unbecoming an officer.

Capt. Fred Dew, a 25-year veteran, has been reassigned while the charges are investigated, base spokesman Lt. Cmdr. Tom Van Leunen said Tuesday.

Specific details weren’t available, but Van Leunen said the complaint of sexual harassment was unrelated to the complaint of an adulterous affair with a civilian.

Dew did not immediately return a call for comment.

Dew, 47, was commander of the Navy’s fourth largest public works center, overseeing a 1,600 member civilian work force and a $400 million annual budget.

The Navy investigation is the latest involving alleged sexual misconduct in recent months as the service continues to struggle in the aftermath of the 1991 Tailhook sex scandal.

_ Last week a senior admiral in Europe retired early after being demoted and censured for sexually harassing a subordinate with whom he had a yearlong affair.

_ Last month, the commander of U.S. Forces in the Pacific, Adm. Richard Macke, was sharply criticized for saying that three U.S. servicemen accused of rape in Okinawa would have been better off had they hired a prostitute. He has since been forced to retire early.

_ Last month, 24 midshipmen at the U.S. Naval Academy had been implicated in either the sale or use of LSD.

_ A number of Navy officers as well as sailors were said to have done nothing to intervene on a commercial airline flight recently when a Navy petty officer repeatedly groped a female sailor in public.

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