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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer | March 24, 1993
An Anne Arundel County police polygraph operator was fired effective today after he was found guilty of administrative charges stemming from his conduct with a female job applicant, police officials confirmed.Chief Robert Russell upheld administrative charges of "conduct unbecoming" that a department employee filed against Robert Reed after a Toll Facilities police officer he interviewed last fall alleged that he made sexually explicit remarks, said Sgt. Mark Howes, assistant to the chief.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | June 3, 2013
A former instructor at the Naval Academy was sentenced Monday to 60 days in a military jail for indecent acts, fraternization and conduct unbecoming an officer stemming from an incident with two female midshipmen in 2011, an academy spokeswoman said. Marine Corps Maj. Mark Thompson, 43, was also fined $2,500 per month for two years — for a total of $60,000 — and issued a reprimand, a punitive letter that now becomes part of his permanent record, spokeswoman Jenny Erickson said.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer | June 25, 1992
A county police officer was given a day off without pay as punishment for describing a female officer as "good in bed" in front of his squad in April, police sources said.Police spokesman Officer V. Richard Molloy would not comment on the punishment, but he said that Sgt. George Halpin of the Southern District had waived his right to a departmental hearing and accepted "summary punishment."Halpin made the remark during a shift briefing on April 14, sources said. Although the female officer was not present during the remark, she heard of it and filed a complaint with the department's Internal Affairs Unit.
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By Matthew Hay Brown, The Baltimore Sun | June 2, 2013
A former instructor at the Naval Academy has been found not guilty of aggravated sexual assault in an alleged attack on a female midshipman two years ago, an academy spokeswoman said Sunday. Marine Corps Maj. Mark Thompson, 43, was found guilty of indecent acts, failure to obey an order or regulation and conduct unbecoming an officer in the 2011 incident, spokeswoman Jenny Erickson said. He is to be sentenced on Monday. Thompson, who taught history at the academy, was accused of attacking the midshipman in his Annapolis apartment following the annual croquet match between the Naval Academy and St. John's College.
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By Los Angeles Times | May 1, 2007
BAGHDAD -- Military prosecutors began laying the groundwork yesterday for the case against an Army commander accused of aiding the enemy, suggesting he was a pornography collector who let a "high-value" detainee use his cell phone and carried on an inappropriate relationship with the man's daughter. The line of questioning pursued on the first day of an Article 32 hearing, which will determine whether Lt. Col. William H. Steele is court-martialed, appeared aimed at showing he abused his position as commander of the 451st Military Police Detachment at Camp Cropper in Baghdad and later with the 89th Military Police Brigade in Baghdad.
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By Mike Wilson and Mike Wilson,Knight-Ridder News Service | May 5, 1993
For 200 years, Americans have sent their sons to war with these macho parting words: "It'll make a man out of you." Perry Watkins was inducted into the U.S. Army in 1968, during the Vietnam mess. It made a woman out of him.As Randy Shilts tells it in his timely and instructive book, "Conduct Unbecoming," Mr. Watkins proclaimed from Day One that he was homosexual -- not so he could avoid the draft, but because it was true. The Army broke its own rules and took him anyway. There was a war on, and the brass didn't much care what a soldier did off-duty.
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By Jane Meredith Adams and Jane Meredith Adams,Contributing Writer | May 11, 1993
Randy Shilts is at home, sprawled out on the couch to ease his breathing, when by all rights he should be jammed into an airplane seat on a high-profile book tour. His new book, "Conduct Unbecoming," is already a best seller, a history of gay men and women in the military that is hitting the stores as the national debate on the issue intensifies. This is his moment.But at 41, Mr. Shilts is traveling in the twin worlds of rapidly growing celebrity and slowly failing health; this year the book tour has had to come to him. The man who chronicled the course of so many AIDS deaths in his 1987 book, "And the Band Played On," has developed AIDS, limiting his mobility at a time when the reach of his work is expanding.
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By Kris Antonelli and Kris Antonelli,Staff Writer | November 18, 1993
A county police officer was acquited yesterday on charges of having sex with a confidential informant, but a police hearing board found him guilty of conduct unbecoming a member of the department.The three-member board also found Sgt. Bret K. Ballam, 35, guilty of having alcohol in a department car. Sergeant Ballam, who attended the hearing with his fiancee and several supporters, would not comment on the decision.The board is scheduled to recommend a punishment to Police Chief Robert Russell today.
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By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON and NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON,Sun Reporter | April 10, 2007
The Annapolis city council narrowly approved last night a statement in support of a former Navy quarterback who was acquitted of rape and now faces expulsion from the Naval Academy. The resolution in support of Lamar S. Owens Jr., which passed, 5 to 4, recommends that the former midshipmen be allowed to graduate but not receive his officer's commission. Assistant Navy Secretary William Navas will decide Owens' fate. The resolution originally recommended that Owens be granted a degree and a commission, but Alderwoman Classie Gillis Hoyle, the measure's sponsor, said that a compromise was necessary and that Owens "will accomplish a lot in or out of the military."
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By Bradley Olson and Bradley Olson,sun reporter | April 4, 2007
WASHINGTON -- The court-martial of a former Navy football player accused of sexually assaulting two female midshipmen stalled before it started yesterday after all five new prospective jurors were barred from joining the four military officers who made it through a vigorous screening process Monday. Before the trial of Kenny Ray Morrison, 24, can get under way, the judge and lawyers will have to screen a third pool of jury candidates today in hopes of acquiring a fifth member. Four of the five who came to the noisy, hot courtroom in the Washington Navy Yard yesterday were eliminated after they told a military judge they would be inclined to drum Morrison out of the Navy if he is found guilty of the offenses, even if they were given other instructions at the time of deliberations.
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By Tanika White and Tanika White,Sun reporter | March 8, 2008
The Naval Academy, which has been stung by a number of high-profile sexual assault and misconduct cases in recent years, announced yesterday charges against two more midshipmen, one of whom is accused of raping a classmate in an academy dorm. Junior Mark A. Calvanico has been charged with rape, indecent assault, indecent acts and conduct unbecoming an officer, according to a news release issued by the academy yesterday. In addition, an academy spokeswoman said, Calvanico is charged with unlawfully breaking and entering with the intent to commit rape, and unauthorized absence.
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By Los Angeles Times | May 1, 2007
BAGHDAD -- Military prosecutors began laying the groundwork yesterday for the case against an Army commander accused of aiding the enemy, suggesting he was a pornography collector who let a "high-value" detainee use his cell phone and carried on an inappropriate relationship with the man's daughter. The line of questioning pursued on the first day of an Article 32 hearing, which will determine whether Lt. Col. William H. Steele is court-martialed, appeared aimed at showing he abused his position as commander of the 451st Military Police Detachment at Camp Cropper in Baghdad and later with the 89th Military Police Brigade in Baghdad.
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By NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON and NIA-MALIKA HENDERSON,Sun Reporter | April 10, 2007
The Annapolis city council narrowly approved last night a statement in support of a former Navy quarterback who was acquitted of rape and now faces expulsion from the Naval Academy. The resolution in support of Lamar S. Owens Jr., which passed, 5 to 4, recommends that the former midshipmen be allowed to graduate but not receive his officer's commission. Assistant Navy Secretary William Navas will decide Owens' fate. The resolution originally recommended that Owens be granted a degree and a commission, but Alderwoman Classie Gillis Hoyle, the measure's sponsor, said that a compromise was necessary and that Owens "will accomplish a lot in or out of the military."
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By Bradley Olson and Bradley Olson,sun reporter | April 4, 2007
WASHINGTON -- The court-martial of a former Navy football player accused of sexually assaulting two female midshipmen stalled before it started yesterday after all five new prospective jurors were barred from joining the four military officers who made it through a vigorous screening process Monday. Before the trial of Kenny Ray Morrison, 24, can get under way, the judge and lawyers will have to screen a third pool of jury candidates today in hopes of acquiring a fifth member. Four of the five who came to the noisy, hot courtroom in the Washington Navy Yard yesterday were eliminated after they told a military judge they would be inclined to drum Morrison out of the Navy if he is found guilty of the offenses, even if they were given other instructions at the time of deliberations.
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By Andrea F. Siegel and Andrea F. Siegel,sun reporter | December 19, 2006
The superintendent of the Naval Academy, who recused himself last week from a decisive role in the court-martial of former Navy quarterback Lamar S. Owens Jr., has not said whether he will make the call in recommending whether Owens will graduate or be forced to repay the government for his $140,000 college education. Vice Adm. Rodney P. Rempt dropped his position as the convening authority in Owens' case - a role that decides if the court-martial convictions will stand - after months of criticism by alumni supportive of Owens and who claim Rempt appears biased.
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By BRADLEY OLSON and BRADLEY OLSON,SUN REPORTER | February 23, 2006
The quarterback who led Navy's football team to a college bowl game victory last season has been charged with raping a female midshipman on campus, the latest in a line of allegations of sexual misconduct that have shaken the Naval Academy in recent years. Lamar S. Owens Jr., 22, a senior midshipman, was charged yesterday with rape, indecent assault and conduct unbecoming an officer after an investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, academy officials said in charging documents.
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By TaNoah V. Sterling and TaNoah V. Sterling,SUN STAFF | April 12, 1996
A veteran county firefighter and emergency medical technician accused of punching an unruly 12-year-old patient in the face will be fired, Fire Department administrator Stephen D. Halford said yesterday.Mr. Halford approved a recommendation from the Fire Department's hearing board calling for the dismissal of Michael L. Swain.The hearing board earlier this week found the six-year veteran guilty of departmental charges of conduct unbecoming a Fire Department employee, using offensive language and behaving discourteously to the public.
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By Newsday | April 16, 1993
NEW YORK -- Tom Dooley's medical service among the lowly of Southeast Asia invited frequent comparisons to Albert Schweitzer. Dooley was a charismatic Navy doctor who first treated refugees in Vietnam, beginning in 1954. His best-selling account of the experience, "Deliver Us From Evil," helped earn him a place on the Gallup Poll's list of the most admired men in America.In addition, Dooley's background -- he attended the University of Notre Dame -- made him a leading role model among his fellow Catholics.
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By BRADLEY OLSON and BRADLEY OLSON,SUN REPORTER | January 7, 2006
A Naval Academy oceanography professor is facing military charges - including conduct unbecoming an officer - stemming from sexually offensive remarks he allegedly made last summer to midshipmen. Lt. Bryan Black was officially charged in October in connection with two incidents that allegedly occurred in August. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next week, and the court-martial is to begin Jan. 30. Black is fighting the charges. His attorney, Charles W. Gittins, says the case is an overreaction by the Navy to accusations of sexual harassment unrelated to his case.
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October 8, 2004
HOUSE MAJORITY Leader Tom DeLay is very good at what he does: raising money from corporate donors with financial interest in legislation and twisting arms to get it passed - all with the aim of boosting Republican ranks in Congress to advance his agenda. His two decades on Capitol Hill have been markedly successful. But the tactics of the former exterminator from Sugarland, Texas, have so flouted even the relatively low ethical standards of Washington that Mr. DeLay is an embarrassment to both his party and the entire House of Representatives.
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