February 9, 1994 |
A military judge on Tuesday accused Adm. Frank B. Kelso of witnessing sexual misconduct at the 1991 Tailhook Assn. convention and then trying to cover it up. He dismissed charges against three aviators who contended their cases were tainted by the Navy chief's actions. The judge, Navy Capt. William T. Vest Jr., also accused top Navy officials of not paying attention to instances of sexual misconduct at earlier Tailhook meetings.
January 12, 1994 |
A Navy flier charged with indecent assault on a woman in the Tailhook scandal lost an attempt Tuesday to avoid court-martial, although military judges found the Navy "careless and amateurish" in the case it brought against him. "The assembly-line technique in this case that merged and blurred investigative and justice procedures is troublesome," said the Court of Military Appeals, the military's highest tribunal. The court ruled, however, that Lt.
December 19, 1993 |
When the Pentagon released its report earlier this year detailing sexual assaults during the 1991 Tailhook convention, the document landed with such a resounding whack that it appeared few would be spared prison terms or dishonorable discharges for their roles.
December 18, 1993 |
The Navy's top officer would have stopped misconduct at the 1991 Tailhook convention if he saw it, a former assistant Navy secretary testified as a month of hearings on the scandal came to a close. Adm. Frank B. Kelso is "an honorable man of integrity," said Barbara Pope, former assistant secretary of the Navy for manpower and reserve affairs. He would have intervened if he saw misconduct, she said. Kelso, chief of naval operations, has denied seeing any misconduct. Capt. William T. Vest Jr.
December 1, 1993 |
The chief of naval operations did not attend a party at the 1991 Tailhook convention where dozens of women say they were molested, the admiral's former aide testified Tuesday. Capt. Philip G. Howard, now commander of a carrier air wing in Mayport, Fla., also denied that he once said Adm. Frank B. Kelso II accompanied him to the party at the Las Vegas Hilton. Howard backed up Kelso's testimony given Monday at a pretrial hearing for two naval aviators charged in the Tailhook scandal.
November 30, 1993 |
The Navy's highest-ranking uniformed officer said under oath Monday that he never saw any misconduct at the 1991 Tailhook aviators convention and was unaware until months later that women were abused there. "I didn't know of anything that happened at Tailhook," Adm. Frank B. Kelso II testified at a military court hearing for two officers charged in the scandal. He told military judge William T. Vest Jr. that he was never on the third floor of the Las Vegas Hilton on Sept.
November 5, 1993 |
Criminal assault charges against another Navy aviator in the Tailhook incident have been dropped, the Pentagon announced Thursday, leaving only one man still facing a court-martial for allegedly attacking a woman during the group's 1991 convention in Las Vegas. Assault charges filed against Cmdr. Gregory E. Tritt, 43, were dismissed after a second senior military legal officer asked to review the case determined that "there was no basis for the evidence against him," Pentagon officials said.
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November 4, 1993 |
Two years after it jolted America and tarnished the Navy's reputation, Tailhook still has the power to shock. "The feeling I got was just so much more sadness, anger and frustration," Jackie LaBouff, a 57-year-old Torrance resident, said after viewing a documentary exhibit this week at Cal State Dominguez Hills in Carson.
October 28, 1993 |
The first court-martial in the Tailhook sexual-misconduct scandal was halted moments before it was to begin Wednesday so that a military appeals court can determine whether the accused Navy lieutenant was guaranteed immunity from prosecution. Lt. David Samples claims that he should not be tried for lifting and stripping a woman during the 1991 Tailhook Assn.
October 22, 1993 |
In the most celebrated case to arise from the Navy's Tailhook scandal, criminal charges were dismissed Thursday against a Marine Corps fighter pilot accused of sexually assaulting Navy Lt. Paula Coughlin, the woman whose accusations triggered the scandal. The case against Capt. Gregory J.