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Chief Staff Officer of Naval Beach Group Two relieved of command over sexual harassment

Posted at 11:55 AM, Jun 01, 2012

The Chief Staff Officer of Virginia Beach-based Naval Beach Group Two was relieved of command Thursday due to misconduct according to the Navy.

Rear Adm. David M. Thomas, Jr., Commander, Naval Surface Force, Atlantic, relieved Cmdr. Christopher Polk after an investigation into allegations that Cmdr. Polk had sexually harassed female members of his command.

Polk received nonjudicial punishment from Thomas at Admiral’s Mast on May 31, 2012.

During NJP, Polk was found to have committed sexual harassment in violation of Article 92 of the UCMJ; to have demonstrated conduct unbecoming a commissioned officer in violation of Article 133; and to have used indecent language in violation of Article 134. Polk received a punitive letter of reprimand.

Polk, who was the second in command of Naval Beach Group Two, has been temporarily reassigned to the staff of Commander, Expeditionary Strike Group Two. No permanent relief has been identified.

Naval Beach Group Two is permanently stationed at Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek-Fort Story.