EXECUTIVE OFFICER OF USS GETTYSBURG
WILL FACE COURT-MARTIAL ON SEX ASSAULT
AND HARASSMENT CHARGES - CMDR JOSEPH
BAXTER HAD BEEN RELIEVED IN MARCH AFTER
DOZEN COMPLAINTS FROM FEMALE ENLISTED
AND ONE OFFICER - ACCUSED PREVIOUSLY
SERVED AS NAVIGATOR ON USS NIMITZ
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Now it can be told. A few weeks ago we ran a story about "trouble" on the USS Gettysburg, a Ticonderoga-class guided missile cruiser.
At that time, we withheld the name of an accused senior officer because we didn't want to violate his rights or privacy in case the charges were found insufficient to proceed to court-martial. However, we now can report that CMDR Joseph Baxter, executive officer of the ship, will go on trial sometime in the near future. No specific date has been set.
He has been hit with at least a dozen complaints of "sexual harassment and assault" by eleven female sailors and one officer.
At an Article 32 preliminary hearing, it was recommended that the case result in court-martial. The Navy is not fond of such "publicity," so you know the case against Baxter may be solid.
NUMBER OF COMPLAINTS FORCED NAVY TO ACT
Baxter's troubles began last September when he was relieved as executive officer of CG-64 and transferred to shore duty. Sources on the Mayport, FL-based warship tell MilitaryCorruption.com the 0-5 "came on to" a number of women who expressed displeasure at what they termed "inappropriate comments."
By virtue of the sheer number of complaints, the Navy had to take action. That's why Baxter, XO on the Gettysburg since December 2009, was fired.
The 46 year-old senior officer enlisted in the Navy in 1985 and was commissioned eight years later through the Reserve Officers Training Corps at Florida A&M University at Tallahassee.
CMDR Baxter has considerable sea duty under his belt, having been a navigator on the aircraft carrier Nimitz, and staff officer aboard the cruiser Monterey and destroyers Kidd and Stump.