European briefs: Base bar off-limits to junior hospital personnel
NAPLES, Italy — Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating two incidents of alleged sexual misconduct involving two female sailors at the support site base bar, O’Rhy’s, on Dec. 20.
Officials provided scant details on either incident.
Base security was contacted about the incidents Dec. 21. That same day, security turned the cases over to NCIS because the incidents involved "felony-level criminal complaints within the Department of the Navy," according to base officials.
The two women involved in the incidents are assigned to Naval Hospital Naples, Italy. As a result of the incidents, the bar, which is the only one on base, is off-limits to all E5 and below sailors assigned to the hospital, by order of the hospital commanding officer.
"It would be inappropriate to give any further information as the incident is under investigation," according to a written statement provided by Lt. Paul Macapagal, Naval Support Activity, Naples public affairs officer.
"No is one currently being charged with a crime but the incident is under investigation and we cannot speculate on the outcome," according to Macapagal’s statement.
Airman found guilty of misusing government phone
AVIANO AIR BASE, Italy — An airman assigned to the 31st Security Forces Squadron was found guilty of misusing of a government-issued telephone in a special court-martial last week.
Airman 1st Class Jason J. Varnum pleaded guilty to piling up charges in excess of 13,000 euros on the phone and was sentenced to a reduction in rank to E-1, four months in prison and the loss of $600 a month during confinement, according to information provided by the 31st Fighter Wing public affairs office.
Varnum is reportedly paying back the government for the personal calls he made on his duty phone.