Navy won’t confirm any punishment in hazing scandal

That’s the headline from an article By Leo Shane III, Stars and Stripes, Mideast edition, Sunday, September 20, 2009

WASHINGTON — Two years after naval investigators uncovered a hazing scandal inside a Bahrain-based canine unit, including numerous cases of violent attacks and sex crimes, officials can’t say whether anyone was ever disciplined or demoted.

Naval investigators have confirmed 93 instances of hazing within the Bahrain Military Working Dogs Division. One sailor, who several times was forced to simulate oral sex on other men, was later kicked out of the Navy for being gay. Another committed suicide after being charged with failing to stop the abuse.

But naval officials say that as far as they are concerned, the case is closed, an embarrassing one-time problem that is now completely in the past.

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