DID HE DO IT? 28-YEAR NAVY VETERAN
He had everything going for him. Commander Robert Schetky was a 28-year Navy veteran, rising from the enlisted ranks. Perhaps a promotion to four stripe captain was in his future. Now all that is gone. Why did he do it - destroy everything he worked so hard to accomplish? The Alaska-based Naval officer had to know touching a 12 year-old girl "inappropriately" while his wife was out of the house was not only wrong but fraught with danger. But he did it anyway.
The fondling accelerated to an "attempted kiss" and that brought the roof down around his ears. The underage girl reported him, and he was arrested by local police on January 16. As he told the officers when they hauled him away: "I made a big mistake."
At the moment, the 54 year-old Homeland and Maritime Security officer is undergoing treatment at a sex offender clinic in Pennsylvania. He's due back in court in Juneau sometime next month.
NAVY COMMANDER ADMITS HE DID IT -
This wasn't a case of a "set-up" or a lying "victim." The commander admitted what he did and told cops "the girl is telling the truth."
The future looks grim for the troubled surface-warfare officer and former destroyer skipper. He's on his way to prison after cutting a plea bargain with the authorities. Barring time off for good behavior, Schetky has to do two years in the big house. At the end of that time, he'll have to register as a "sex offender" wherever he lives for at least 15 years following his release.
There's a big question about the status of Schetky's pension. A criminal conviction could cost him everything. At the very least, he likely will be retired at a grade lower than that he's presently serving in. The final decision on what happens is up to Navy Secretary Donald C. Winter.
It's not that Schetky beat or raped the girl. He didn't physically harm her. He's clearly a sick man and it may be a blessing in disguise that he got caught now before something worse happened. But to take away all his pension and retirement benefits in this particular case would be, we think, "overkill."
In the interest of mercy, Militarycorruption.com hopes Winter won't succumb to the "PC police" and utterly destroy a man with an otherwise impeccable record.