A sailor based in Washington state has been found guilty of threatening to rape a California naval recruit in a social media posting and will now face internal discipline, Navy officials told the Los Angeles Times on Wednesday.
Nicholas Lord, a sailor aboard the aircraft carrier Nimitz, stationed in Bremerton, Wash., was accused of making the lewd comments last month after the woman posted a picture of herself and said she was joining the Navy.
Lord, who joined the Navy in 2008 and served as a petty officer second class and electrician's mate aboard the Nimitz, did not respond to messages seeking comment. Attempts to contact the woman at whom the comment was aimed have been unsuccessful.
"For personal social media sites for Navy sailors, there isn't an overarching policy, because our service members have a right to free speech," she said. "They are held accountable for their actions when their comments fall outside of good order and discipline."