September 18, 2012

Navy: Affair caused Conn. sub boss to fake death

Michael Melia Associated Press
 
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In this Aug. 3, 2012 photo provided by the U.S. Navy, Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II, center, is saluted during the change-of-command ceremony for the nuclear submarine, USS Pittsburgh, at the Naval Submarine Base New London, in Groton, Conn. Ward was relieved of his command later that month. A report obtained Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012 by The Associated Press, through a Freedom of Information Act request, said Ward faked his own death to end an affair with a woman.
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HARTFORD, Conn. (AP) — A former Navy submarine commander has been found in violation of the military’s criminal code for having an affair with a woman and faking his own death to end the relationship.

A Navy spokeswoman says Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II has received a letter of reprimand for adultery and other violations.

Documents obtained Tuesday by The Associated Press through a Freedom of Information Act request say Ward sent his mistress an email from a fictitious co-worker named Bob in July to fake his death.

Last month Ward was dismissed as commanding officer of the USS Pittsburgh. He had taken command of the Connecticut-based attack submarine a week earlier.

He has not responded to requests for comment.

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