Navy Recruiter Accused of Misconduct and Indecent Exposure
A Navy recruiter working in Providence, RI was accused of various misconduct to include indecent exposure. The charges followed complaints by two female recruits who visited the recruiter to explore career possibilities in the Navy.
One female alleged that the recruiter, upon learning she had nipple piercings, insisted upon inspecting them as part of the recruiting process. This alleged misconduct came to light after the female joined another branch of military service and shared this experiencing during an entrance medical examination. The second female recruit alleged that she received a text message from the recruiter containing a digital photograph of his erect penis.
This alleged misconduct came to light after her brother discovered the text on her cellphone. The Navy Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) launched an investigation into the recruiter’s alleged misconduct. After substantiating the allegations, the Command at Submarine Base Groton, CT brought charges against the recruiter of Fraternization, Violation a Lawful General Order and Indecent Exposure all in violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ). The recruiter retained civilian military defense lawyer, John L. Calcagni III, to represent him at court-martial and in connection with these charges.
Attorney Calcagni launched an investigation of his own regarding the lack of quality evidence against the recruiter, combined with his impeccable military service and recruiting records. Armed with this information, Attorney Calcagni was ultimately able to persuade Navy lawyers and the Command to dismiss the charges against his client in exchange for his voluntary separation from service.