NORFOLK, Va. (AP) – A Navy SEAL has been sentenced to 89 days confinement for assaulting a female sailor he used to date.
A Navy press release said Friday that Stephen Varanko III will also lose his rank of Chief Special Warfare Operator. He will now have a rank of Petty Officer 1st Class.
Varanko was found guilty of aggravated assault and sexual harassment in Norfolk on Friday. He was found not guilty of rape and kidnapping charges.
The incident occurred in 2015 at a Kentucky hotel. The female sailor testified that Varanko held her captive, attacked and raped her. She claimed he was in a jealous rage over another man.
Both admitted to having been in a relationship before the incident. Varanko said he was jealous, but denied the allegations.
3/24/17 2:15 p.m.
Navy SEAL found guilty in Fort Knox sexual harassment, battery case
A Navy SEAL has been found guilty of sexual harassment and battery involving a female sailor.
WAVY TV in Norfolk reported (http://bit.ly/2nZHQ2w) that the verdict in the court-martial trial was reached Friday.
Stephen Varanko III was accused of sexually assaulting the woman in 2015 at a hotel in Fort Knox, Kentucky. He had faced rape and kidnapping charges.
Varanko’s defense team called the victim’s credibility into question during the proceedings. The sailor testified that Varanko held her captive in his room, attacked and eventually raped her. She claimed he was in a jealous rage after learning she had dated another man.
Both admitted to having been in a relationship before the alleged incident. Varanko admitted he was jealous, but denied hitting her and holding her captive.
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