Captain James Duke Jr. is likely losing his command in Everett WA, after getting Pepper or Nicole Preggers well known prostitute pregnant then assaulting her with his vehicle. According to Snohomish County Police, Duke admitted to using his vehicle to force his pregnant girlfriend to move. Reports indicate she was supposed to be on bed rest after miscarrying one of the babies days earlier and lost the other due to the incident.
The Navy who has had trouble with their commanders lately, said they are looking into Capt. Dukes judgment, actions, statements and providing false or misleading statements under oath. Capt. Duke claimed he knew her by Nicole Davis and was unaware she was a prostitute until later. He alleged in court documents he was targeted, she was never pregnant, demanded money from him, and extorted him. It was discovered his allegations were false after text messages provided to the court proved otherwise. Medical records also proved she was pregnant and conceived during the time he reported they were dating.
Court records show the prostitute was involved in a prostitution sting, perjury, bribery, money laundering, massage and illegal videotaping case 5+ years ago. I don't know if we will ever know if she targeted him and got pregnant on purpose, if they began their relationship as a business transaction that went bad, or later became one.
The Navy has a very strict policy in regards to its commanders. They have demoted or fired for dishonesty, immorality, drinking and driving. Most notably Commander Michael Ward, who sent an email to a woman claiming he died to end an affair. The Navy fired him after they charged him with adultery, dereliction of duty, and conduct unbecoming to an officer and a gentleman.
Capt. Vernon Parks said in a statement."Our Navy has a very clear and unambiguous standard regarding the character of our commanding officers, spelled out in the" Charge of Command". The Navy's Charge of Command explicitly states, "It is your responsibility to meet the highest standards of personal and professional conduct at all times. All Commanding Officers and others in authority in the naval service are required to show in themselves a good example of honor, virtue, patriotism, and subordination." Anything less will not be tolerated.
Fellow Naval officer confided Capt. Duke was not handpicked for his command. He went on to say "I have no idea what was going through his head when he attempted to move her with his vehicle. His dishonesty, and actions were extremely reckless, demonstrated poor judgment and are an embarrassment on the Navy. It will certainly cost him his command. The Navy will never support such behavior from its commanders." He also wanted to make clear "Our men have come a long way in taking responsibility when getting women pregnant before paternity can be established, and his failure to take the moral high ground shouldn't be a deterrent for all the good men in uniform who do".