A decorated Navy lieutenant commander was arrested in Virginia last week for sex trafficking.
Lt. Cmdr. Charles Cranston, who is a security officer in the US Fleet Forces Command’s Counterterrorism Protection Unit in Norfolk, has been arrested by civilian authorities, a Navy official confirmed to Task & Purpose on Monday .
“The Navy takes this matter seriously and is cooperating fully with law enforcement,” said Lt. Cmdr. Madisyn Hansen.
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Cranston, who enlisted in the Navy in April 1994 and was appointed an officer in June 2006, is now being held without bail at the Henrico County Jail and is due in court on December 10.
Cranston was promoted to Lieutenant Commander in September 2016, while Navy records show his awards and decorations include the Joint Service Commendation Medal, four Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals, and four Medals. of the Navy and the Marine Corps.
A spokesperson for the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office could not provide further details on the case when contacted by Fox News.
Cranston sex trafficking case comes after a Military Times Report in June 2020, disclosed details of another sex trafficking operation involving several Navy sailors in Bahrain. This included accommodating prostitutes and “seizing the passports of women and taking a share of the earnings of women, profiting from a sex trade in the service of shipmates who lived on the island or disembarked during the stopovers “.
A lieutenant commander as well as at least fixed chiefs and six other sailors have been charged or administratively disciplined in connection with the case since 2017, the Military Times reported.
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In an audio recording of a barehanded meeting with sailors which was obtained by the Military Times, then Vice-Admiral John Aquilino could be heard saying that the trafficking cases “were about rates and ranks. , and many of them are senior officers. and persimmons. “
“Who thinks it’s okay to bring foreign nationals to this country and take their passports and push them to serve both for yourself and for someone else, one of your friends? ? Asked Aquilino. “Who thinks it’s okay?” “