Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Fired Navy Commanding Officer confessed to committing Adultery

"Investigation" Report details CO’s affair with captain’s wife
 Capt. Robert Marin confessed to having an affair with another captain's wife
and was relieved from his position as cruiser Cowpens' commanding officer. 
Navy Times article recently reported:
Capt. Robert Marin returned to the investigator’s office in Yokosuka, Japan, at 1:15 p.m. on Feb. 9. He had come to make a statement. The day before, Marin, commanding officer of the cruiser Cowpens, had heard the charges leveled against him: that he’d had an affair with a fellow captain’s wife.
Under pressure from mounting evidence, Marin, a 47-year-old married officer, confessed. He acknowledged they had set up email accounts under pseudonyms to set up liaisons in Yokosuka and in Hong Kong, when his ship stopped there in November.
“I deeply regret my actions,” he told the investigating officer in a written statement, obtained by Navy Times via an open records request. The investigator was looking into violations of three Uniform Code of Military Justice articles, including adultery. Marin denied that the affair had ever clouded his judgment and after answering the investigator’s questions, had one of his own: “Will this be a UCMJ charge?”
The answer came the following day when Rear Adm. John Haley, commander of the George Washington Carrier Strike Group, fired Marin as Cowpens’ CO. The second of the 10 COs fired this year, Marin’s case is the latest evidence that a small but significant number of the Navy’s best officers continue to engage in improper relationships.
At least seven other COs have been relieved for adultery and inappropriate personal relationships since 2010.
“The adulterous relationship is discrediting to the U.S. Navy,” the strike group’s investigating officer concluded, “and if knowledge of the affair becomes public, it will further tarnish the reputation of the Navy’s commanding officers.”
Marin’s departure marks more turmoil for the Cowpens. Marin was in the middle of a turnover two years ago when his predecessor, Capt. Holly Graf, was fired for cruelty toward her crew in a widely publicized case.
Through his attorney, Marin, who has been reassigned to Military Sealift Command, declined to comment on his relief.
The affair began in September. Marin and his wife lived three or four houses down the block from another Navy captain and his wife in Yokosuka. Names were redacted from the command investigation, obtained by Navy Times via the Freedom of Information Act. The couples met to socialize. Marin and the other captain’s spouse, who was then in an increasingly rocky marriage, became friends — a relationship that later crossed the line, the investigation concluded.
Under the pretense of a trip with a master chief’s wife, the spouse travelled alone to Hong Kong in November; Cowpens anchored off Hong Kong for five days. She checked into the Langham Hotel. Late at night, after the executive officer had gone to bed, Marin took a cab from his hotel to the Langham, he later told the investigator.
The relationship continued after Hong Kong. They shared music, suggested a trip to the Maldives, and even started to dream of a future together where their children became step-siblings.
“They acted like two teenagers with newfound romance that their parents would disapprove, rather than responsible parents with families involved,” the investigator concluded.
Still, while a very public setback, it may not be an end for Marin’s career. Marin, a graduate of the University of California, Los Angeles, has served aboard six ships over his 26-year career and has been awarded the Legion of Merit, two Meritorious Service Medals and a Combat Action Ribbon, among other decorations.
Noting this “impeccable” record, the investigating officer said Marin’s admission of guilt and remorse “will allow him to put this episode behind him and be able to continue to serve the Navy.”


Anonymous said...

I read the article this way:

As long as you haven't been caught before, you admit that you are an adulterer, and you show remorse, you can violate the UCMJ and get a free pass. Why is it that certain people are charged and jailed when it’s questionable as to whether it’s adultery, yet this Captain admits to adultery, gets a free pass and is allowed to continue his career as if nothing happened?
I mean, isn’t that what the Navy’s investigating officer said? “Marin’s admission of guilt and remorse ‘will allow him to put this episode behind him and be able to continue to serve the Navy.’”
Is this another double standard, selective prosecution, or just more proof that real retaliation was ordered for uncovering and reporting on Fraud, Waste and Abuse of Captain John Sturges. Did Marin get a Sturges? I think so, and it appears pretty obvious!

Syneeda said...

Had I been "officially" offered NJP, I'm quite certain I would've also gotten a slap on the hand like Capt. Marin and a dozen others. But I was never officially offered NJP. My command’s JAG, Chief Staff Officer (who was acting CO at the time) and my immediate supervisor; presented me "fake" preliminary charge sheets on March 26, 2007. The CO was out of the country on official travel. Before his trip, the JAG hadn’t compiled all the “so-called” evidence, statements or prepared her recommendation for final disposition. In other words, the investigation was still on-going…
As a former legal officer, I’d seen their game played far too many times before, so I called their bluff. The meeting(s) became so hostile, I'm still traumatized by all the events which took place that week, and I'm receiving treatment through the VA for PTSD and I'm 100% disabled.

When I refused to sign off on the fraudulent paperwork I was bullied, threatened with additional and my civil rights had been violated. On the morning of March 27, 2007 I was “fired” from my position as the comptroller and contracting officer because I still refused to signed the paperwork. I was given a direct order by the Chief Staff Officer, the JAG and my immediate supervisor to execute “temporary additional duty” (TAD) orders and not to discuss our meeting with anyone else at the command, or anywhere else.

I was given a few hours to clear my desk, turn over my accountability (the budget) with my supervisor and to give him my key to the office. From that point forward, after I was sent TAD, each time I would visit the base to go to the commissary or exchange, I would be followed by the base MPs.
The hostile events took place during the week of March 26 - March 30, 2007.

This is what initially led me to contact the Navy IG at Navy Expeditionary Combatant Command. When I first spoke to the IG investigator, I informed him I wanted to report a violation of my violations of my Civil Rights. Because NECC was still in its infancy, the command’s staff Equal Opportunity Adviser (EOA) position had been vacant for over a year, and was still vacant when I made my official IG hotline complaint.

Syneeda said...

When I spoke to the IG investigator on March 30, 2007 he told me he cannot accept my EO complaint and he did not accept complaints of reprisal. But he would certainly entertain complaints of fraud, because he'd received dozens of complaints from NECC subordinate commands, including Naval Coastal Warfare Group-One, my command.

As a former IG investigator, I knew exactly what to send him, which would require he investigate all my complaints. So I sent him a 32-page “all-inclusive” complaint, reporting allegations of fraud, civil rights violations and defense contract mismanagement.

Under federal law; the IG investigator was required to provide me "Protected Communication", effective March 30, 2007, but we all know this never happened. A few weeks later, I mailed him a 2" binder containing dozens of documents to substantiate all my allegations. I'd previously conducted, and prepared dozens of IG investigation reports and this case was pretty much open and shut.

I'd prepared the report in chronological order, provided all the names, including POC info for each witness and/or accused. I identified the "Who, what, when, where and how... Which is why I’m still baffled as to why it took over a year for U.S. Fleet Forces Command to complete their investigation into my complaints.

Under Title 10 U.S.C. - 1034 – Protected Communication, the IG investigator was required to report my complaint of reprisal and civil rights violations immediately to the DoD IG, furthermore, because my allegations implicated senior members of chain of command, leading to the office of the Chief of Naval Operations, the DoD IG was required to take over the investigation. Again, this never happen. Instead, the investigation remained “in-house”, in other words, the Commander, U.S. Fleet Forces Command was able to investigate “himself”!

A few months later, official charges were brought against me based on specious allegations of committing adultery. Instead of offering me NJP-Capt Mast, the CO preferred the charges to a military courts martial on June 5, 2007. This came after he was informed of all the allegations I'd made against him and his command members.

Anonymous said...

Handling something "in house" is the military code for "proceed with retaliation." It means that several people got together, engaged in a conspiracy, and all agreed to cover for each other while reprisal actions are taken againt the Whistleblower so that those conspirators can cover their tracks.

Anonymous said...

Just read a story over at about another senior officer who got off with a slap on the hand. Colonel James Johnson III forged his wife’s signature on a divorce document, was an adulterer, misused resources, and he gets off with a fine that does little but pay back for what he “stole” from the taxpayers. More proof of different standards. Every taxpayer should take exception to this individual being let off and able to draw big bucks and a retirement funded by the taxpayers.

Syneeda said...

As always, Glenn did an excellent coverage of yet another case of "military corruption!"

Anonymous said...

I read the story at about colonel Johnson. He was found guilty at court martial. Isn't that the same as a felony conviction? So the Army is going to allow a felon to remain on active duty and continue to reward him? Sounds like military corruption to me.