NORFOLK, Va. (AP) -- The commanding officer of a 300-member Navy flight squadron was charged with raping a junior enlisted sailor.
Cmdr. William S. Petrie, a 23-year Navy veteran, also was accused of failing to obey a Navywide order not to fraternize with enlisted personnel and ignoring a specific order to return to a Navy base while stationed in Greece, according to military legal documents released Friday.
Petrie, 43, has led the "Rawhides" of Fleet Logistics Support Squadron VRC-40 at Norfolk Naval Station since July 2000. He has been temporarily reassigned to the Naval Air Force's Atlantic Fleet Command.
The alleged rape occurred Oct. 7, and Petrie was charged Dec. 11. He is to appear at an Article 32 hearing, the equivalent of a preliminary hearing in civilian court, on Tuesday.
The Navy declined to comment because the case is pending, spokesman Mike Maus said. The Navy would not say where Petrie could be reached.
According to the documents, Petrie engaged in an "unduly familiar personal relationship" with the victim at Souda Bay Naval Support Activity, a U.S. Navy base on the island of Crete. The charges accuse Petrie of engaging or attempting to engage in sexual activity with a sailor under his command.
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