UPROAR AND CONFUSION OVER DISCHARGE
GIVEN NAVY COMMAND MASTER CHIEF IN CHILD
SEX CASE - INACCURATE INFORMATION ON NCIS
DOCUMENT CAUSES MEDIA REPORT CMC EDWARD
SCOTT RECEIVED "HONORABLE DISCHARGE"
ACTIVE AND RETIRED NAVY PERSONNEL OUTRAGED
OFFICIALS CONFIRM CONVICTED PERVERT
GETS "OTHER-THAN-HONORABLE" PAPERS PLUS
BUST IN RANK TO SENIOR CHIEF PETTY OFFICER
Erroneous information on a Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) document caused a local civilian newspaper to print a convicted sex predator and Navy command master chief petty officer got to retire with an "honorable discharge."
In fact, CMC Edward Scott received "other than honorable" papers and was forced out of the service. But the onetime top-ranking enlisted man at Kitsap Naval Station in Washington was allowed to go out the door as senior chief, a bust of one grade.
The charges on which he was convicted were very serious indeed. Scott was found guilty of attempted rape of a child and having immoral communications with a minor.
PERVERT NAVY MAN CAUGHT IN AN INTERNET "STING"
The case began last year when Scott was arrested at a Bremerton, Wash. hotel where he had gone in hopes of having sex with two underage children. The "mother" (actually an undercover cop) had arranged over the Internet for the chubby pervert to molest her 12 year-old twins in exchange for cash.
A surprised Scott was nabbed with condoms in his pocket and held on $500,000 bail. He spent nine months in the Kitsap County Jail before gaining his freedom and securing his pension and benefits.
The 43 year-old career Navy man joined the service in 1982 and had served in Hawaii, Guam, Whidbey Island and San Diego. Prior to coming to Kitsap in 2006, the stocky sailor was master chief of the USS Camden.
LOCAL NEWSPAPER CORRECTS THE RECORD ON NATURE OF DISCHARGE
It was the Kitsap SUN newspaper that published the incorrect information gleaned from the NCIS report. The paper had tried to confirm the facts with the Navy, but a snafu prevented a correction prior to publication. Since the matter was soon straightened out by Navy officials, the well-respected newspaper, which does a very good job of covering the military in the area, printed a follow-up story explaining why there had been such confusion.
After the SUN's initial report that Scott had slipped out on an "honorable discharge," a firestorm of protest erupted in the Naval community in and around Bremerton. Angry e-mails and irate "letters to the editor" poured in to the paper..
Even though Scott was shown the door and reduced in rank, he did get "kid gloves" treatment compared to what, say, a petty officer first class (E-6) could have expected. A lower-ranker like that would not have so many "friends in high places." It is likely that person would have lost their career and pension if convicted on the same charges Scott was tagged with.
Once again, we see "DIFFERENT SPANKS FOR DIFFERENT RANKS" at work here.
Scott can count his lucky stars he was an E-9 when he screwed up. That high rank, and pals in key places, kept him out of the Leavenworth DB and saved his retirement pay and benefits.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: If there are any Navy personnel out there, active or retired, who've been punished for alleged sex crimes by former Master Chief Scott, we'd like to hear from you. Please contact us at email@example.com. Thank you.]