Petty officer allegedly assaulted sailors

Dec. 4, 2010 at 6:04 PM
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NORFOLK, Va., Dec. 4 (UPI) -- The head of security on the U.S. aircraft carrier George H.W. Bush physically abused subordinates, a witness who said he was one of the victims, testified.

Senior Chief Petty Officer Kevin Curtis could face court-martial, The Virginian-Pilot reported. Petty Officer Ryan Edmonds spent five hours on the witness stand at a preliminary hearing Friday in Norfolk, Va., describing being assaulted with a stapler, thrown into metal lockers and sprayed with pepper.

"He would come into the investigations office, open it up longways, and staple me in the upper thigh," Edmonds said of the stapler attacks, which he said occurred about 100 times.

Edmonds said he enjoyed a good relationship with Curtis, an 18-year veteran of the Navy, when the older man came on board the Bush in September 2008. Curtis gave him such excellent reviews Edmonds was named the ship's Sailor of the Year in 2009.

"I think it started as horseplay that got taken too far," Edmonds said of Curtis's assaults.

Master Chief Petty Officer Rick Beaber said Curtis was known as a rebel who sometimes broke rules. He also said he was bad at administrative work and that he once found more than 60 pounds of uncompleted paperwork.

Beaber said he knew nothing about physical abuse.

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