Criminal inquiry ruled out at academy Sexually explicit files were found on computer

February 06, 1997|By Scott Wilson | Scott Wilson,SUN STAFF

Navy investigators will not pursue a criminal inquiry into a collection of sexually explicit files discovered on a Naval Academy computer, leaving school administrators to cope with an embarrassing episode involving the public-safety office.

Sources at the Naval Criminal Investigative Service said yesterday that a preliminary review of 602 files academy firefighters found on a computer hard drive last week did not point to criminal misconduct. The NCIS investigates only possible felony cases involving sentences of more than a year.

The three-day NCIS review confirmed that some files contained material describing sexual experiences and preferences. The NCIS concluded that none of the material was downloaded from the Internet, which would have been more serious.

Capt. Tom Jurkowsky, an academy spokesman, said he had not seen the files but understood that only three, written as letters to women, contained sexual material. Sources who had seen the files put the number at 100.

The academy will be asked to investigate its security office, an awkward task considering the cheating, drug and car-theft scandals involving midshipmen in the past five years. Such an inquiry probably would center on commissioned academy personnel.

The computer containing the files was assigned to the office of Lt. Cmdr. Michael E. Braley, the academy's security officer, who supervises 83 members of the police and fire departments.

Braley, 40, has been in the Navy for 22 years. He has frequently clashed with the firefighters union.

The sexual material was found during an equipment upgrade, when the computer was sent to the academy's Computer Services Department, where the hard drive was supposed to be purged.

Instead, firefighters found the files when the computer arrived at the Taylor Avenue department over the weekend.

NCIS investigators returned to Washington yesterday without determining who wrote the material.

Jurkowsky said an NCIS report and the contents of the files would determine the academy's response, which could range from a reprimand to counseling to discharge.

Pub Date: 2/06/97

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