A hi-tech sex scandal at a US naval academy in Maryland has triggered an investigation by Washington?s elite Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS).
The investigation centres on last week's discovery of allegedly pornographic files on a PC in the office of Lieutenant Commander Michael Braley, fire and safety security officer at the academy in Annapolis.
Up to 100 of the 602 files on Braley?s PC are said to be "graphic" in nature. They mostly consist of letters to women describing sexual acts and preferences and recounting lurid tales of sexual encounters carried out by their author while on official government business.
The files were discovered when the PC was moved to the Annapolis Fire Department following a routine upgrade of the academy?s computers. The fire department called in NCIS.
NCIS officers are looking into the possibility that the material was downloaded from the Internet although the fact that the files under investigation are all text-based and contain no pictures makes this seem unlikely.
They also want to know who is responsible for storing the material: the PC was assigned to the security office and some of the 602 files predate Braley?s appoinment in 1994.
All academy staff are obliged to abide by the institution's ?Ethics of Computer Use? guidelines, which prohibit unauthorised activities. If found guilty, Braley could be dismissed from the service. He might also face adultery charges under military law.
The prelimary NCIS investigation is expected to conclude this week, at which time the Navy Inspector General may be called in or the academy may be left to carry out its own disciplinary proceedings.
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