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High ranking Navy officer kisses women and asks them for sex

By Mason White 7:02 PM November 3, 2014
James K. Shumate 

By: Wayne Morin
A high ranking Navy officer was found guilty of misconduct after kissing women and demanding sex from them, the United States Navy said in a statement.

The command master chief of U.S. Navy Strike Fighter Squadron VFA-86 was relieved of his duties after he was found guilty of violating two counts of article 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice during a Captain’s Mast proceeding at NAS Lemoore, California.

Commander Ian Burgoon, commanding officer of VFA-86, awarded Master Chief Petty Officer James K. Shumate non-judicial punishment in the form of a Letter of Reprimand.

This action followed the completion of an investigation into allegations of the master chief’s personal conduct while the squadron was conducting training at Naval Air Station Fallon, Nevada. VFA-86 is based at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California.

Shumate, 45, was temporarily reassigned to the staff of Commander, Strike Fighter Wing Pacific at Naval Air Station Lemoore, California, based on the initial findings of the investigation.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Todd King is acting as VFA-86’s command master chief. Command master chiefs are the senior enlisted leaders of a Navy command and have a great deal of responsibility for their unit’s assigned Sailors and their mission.

“Shumate had history of repeatedly asking women to go home with him regardless of rank, command, or marital or relationship status,” a Navy spokesperson said.