Washington, DC –Congresswoman Jackie Speier (D-CA), Chair of the House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee, issued the following statement after the release of the Defense Department Inspector General report regarding numerous and serious allegations of sexual harassment and abuse spanning two decades and committed by former Navy Auditor General Ronnie Both.
“Today’s Defense Department Inspector General report substantiating that a serial sexual predator was unleashed to prey on at least a dozen women for over 20 years with absolutely no accountability is a sickening and stunning indictment. Former Navy Auditor General Ronnie Booth’s targeting of young staffers, who he offered mentorship and advancement in exchange for sexual favors, is all the more appalling because he was allowed to retire with a full pension,” Chair Speier said. “It is a massive failure that this insidious abuse persisted for two decades as Booth rose through the ranks to the very top of the Naval Audit Service. Federal civilian employees deserve better than having to work for and suffer under the likes of Booth. Taxpayers should be offended that they are footing the bill for a cushy retirement pension for a lecherous destroyer of lives and careers. The Navy must immediately implement the Inspector General’s recommendations, and every senior federal agency leader must read this report and consider what they are doing to prevent, detect, and stamp out toxic sexual harassment anywhere it occurs in their agencies.”