Sailor faces sex charges in Monday court-martial
NAPLES, Italy — A general court-martial for a Naples-based sailor charged with indecent acts with a minor is scheduled to begin Monday.
Chief Petty Officer Felix Correa also is charged with sexual harassment and fraternization. If convicted, he faces confinement for 11 years, reduction to the lowest pay grade of E-1, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and a dishonorable discharge.
The trial is slated to begin between 8:30 and 9 a.m. in the courtroom in administration building 2 at the Capodichino base.
Correa is a communications watch floor supervisor for the Naval Computer and Telecommunications Station, a tenant command of Naval Support Activity Naples.
Authorities allege that in spring 2005, Correa inappropriately touched a 12-year-old girl who stayed at his home while her mother, also a sailor, was in the United States for naval schooling, according to testimony from an Article 32 investigation held in January.
The fraternization charge stems from an allegation that Correa visited a 34-year-old seaman in her barracks to help her “find her limits” with alcohol by having her drink eight shots of tequila as the two played a game of chess.
The sexual harassment charge stems from allegations that Correa made a 21-year-old petty officer third class feel uncomfortable on three separate occasions.
The allegations are that: He invited her to his house, with his family present, to help her “find her limits” with alcohol consumption after learning she was planning to go to the Oktoberfest in Germany; he discussed his own sexual history and gossip of sexual relationships of other sailors in their command during the workday; and he commented on her body after seeing her work out at the base gym.