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Report: Ex-officer drank with his Navy crew, harassed women

NORFOLK, Va. » A former commanding officer could be dismissed from the Navy over numerous misconduct allegations after a night of heavy drinking with his crew while he was in charge of the guided missile cruiser the USS Anzio.

The Virginian-Pilot reports that officials relieved Capt. Brian K. Sorenson of command in September. On Thursday, the newspaper obtained a report from the Navy on its investigation.

The report says Sorenson was drunk in public, used alcohol and had personal firearms aboard the Anzio, created a hostile work environment, used indecent language, sexually harassed female officers and misused government vehicles.

Sorenson’s attorney, Greg McCormack, says his client looks forward “to this legal process, which will provide a forum for the truth to prevail.”

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus ultimately will determine whether Sorenson remains in the Navy.

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