ad info

 Headline News brief
 daily almanac
 CNN networks
 CNN programs
 on-air transcripts
 news quiz

CNN Websites
 video on demand
 video archive
 audio on demand
 news email services
 free email accounts
 desktop headlines

 message boards




Admiral charged with adultery and ethics violation


WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A Navy admiral on the staff of the chief of naval operations has been charged with adultery, giving false official statements, obstruction of justice and an ethics violation.

Rear Admiral John T. Scudi, who directed the Navy office of outsourcing and privatization, has been relieved of his Washington duties.

Scudi has been charged with two counts of adultery stemming from relationships with two women. The obstruction of justice and lying charges are the result of the Navy's investigation into the alleged adulterous affairs.

The ethics violation stems from accusations that Scudi granted Navy contracts to a company that employed one of the women named in the adultery counts. The other woman is a Navy employee.

'Impropiety with contractors'

Watch the interview
Windows Media 28K 56K

"I'm struck by how this case involves impropriety with contractors and that means we need to pay special attention to it," Secretary of the Navy Richard Danzig told CNN.

Scudi has been transferred to the authority of Vice Adm. Henry C. Giffin III, head of the Norfolk command.

A preliminary hearing for Scudi, known in the military as an Article 32, has been tentatively set for December 14. The hearing could lead to a court-martial.

Scudi, 54, is married. The admiral, who has served in the Navy for 32 years, has asked to retire but the Navy has not made a decision on that request. He has declined either to release a statement or speak with reporters.

Only second criminal case for admiral

The Washington Times said the charges mark only the second time the Navy has filed criminal charges against an admiral since Congress adopted the Uniform Code of Military Justice in 1951.

It said such cases against admirals and generals usually are handled in closed-door administrative proceedings.

Asked about complaints that enlisted men more often receive the full brunt of military justice than officers, Danzig told CNN, "I think we need to treat our leaders and our enlisted people the same way. We need to treat this case with that in mind."

Related stories:
Latest Headlines

Today on CNN

Related sites:

Note: Pages will open in a new browser window

External sites are not
endorsed by CNN Interactive.

Enter keyword(s)   go    help


Back to the top
© 2000 Cable News Network. All Rights Reserved.
Terms under which this service is provided to you.
Read our privacy guidelines.