Navy captain sacked for alleged sexual harassment of subordinates

SEOUL, July 18 (Yonhap) -- A Navy officer in charge of a frigate has been dismissed for allegedly sexually molesting two of his female subordinates, military sources said Friday.

Earlier this month, the lieutenant colonel, whose identity was withheld, allegedly harassed the two officers in a local bar "by groping their hips and trying to forcibly kiss them," a military source said, requesting anonymity.

He was heavily drunk at that time after having a dinner with his subordinates, including the two victims, he added.

The female officers reported the alleged incident to the captain's superior, which led to his dismissal last week, another source said, noting the sacked officer was in charge of the Navy's convoy ship in the Second Fleet Headquarters in Pyeongtaek, south of Seoul.

"The military has maintained a zero-tolerance principle regarding sex crimes," the source said. "He has been referred to the military prosecution, and a legal process is under way."

Earlier this year, two Navy officers were arrested on charges of sexually harassing a female colleague on a patrol ship.

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