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Firing Results from Naval Hazing Scandal


The naval officer accused of overseeing hazing and sexual harassment of a gay sailor and others in Bahrain will be removed from his current position and forced to retire.

The action against Chief Petty Officer Michael Toussaint comes after the Navy's review of its investigation of more than 90 hazing incidents between 2004 and 2006 at the Military Working Dog Division at Naval Security Force, according to the Associated Press.

"The Navy announced Wednesday that Chief Petty Officer Michael Toussaint also would receive a letter of censure and be subject to a retirement pay-grade determination, which could significantly affect his retirement pay," the AP reported.

"Toussaint, who has been deployed, has been reassigned to Naval Special Warfare Group 2 in Norfolk, Va., where he will perform administrative duties and will not be in a position of leadership."

One hazing victim, Joseph Rocha, left the Navy in 2007 by telling his commander he was gay, a violation of the "don't ask, don't tell" policy. He said he was abused because of his suspected sexual orientation.

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