The commanding officer of Naval Station Everett has been reassigned pending an investigation into a sexual assault allegation, the Navy said on Monday.
Capt. James Duke will face an Article 32 hearing, which similar to a civilian grand jury proceeding, according to a news release. Duke, a Lake Stevens resident, has been reassigned as commander of Navy Region Northwest for the duration of the investigation.
Authorities in Snohomish County investigated the sexual assault allegations in February, but Duke was not charged, Navy Region Northwest spokesman Chris Haley told NavyTimes.com.
Duke’s reassignment is “not an indication of guilt, however it does allow for continuous and unfettered leadership at Naval Station Everett,” Navy spokeswoman Sheila Murray said in the news release.
Cmdr. Jeffrey Caulk, the Naval Station Everett’s executive officer, has temporarily assumed the duties of commanding officer, according to the news release.