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Navy officer charged with child molestation

A Florida-based naval flight officer was arrested last month for allegedly fondling a girl’s genitals.

Cmdr. Dustin D. Chapin was arrested Dec. 20 at Naval Air Station Jacksonville, where he is stationed with Patrol Reconnaissance Wing 11, according to police and Navy records.

Clay County Sheriff’s Office records show the 48-year-old was charged with lewd/lascivious molestation of a victim who was less than 12-years-old.

Chapin’s alleged offense occurred in May and was reported by the girl’s mother, according to his arrest warrant.

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He was temporarily reassigned to Destroyer Squadron 15, and the Task Force 70 Command Master Chief Micky Jones has assumed senior enlisted leadership duties aboard the warship.

Authorities suspect that while visiting the woman’s parents, Chapin went to a bedroom and touched the sleeping child’s genitals.

A detective spoke with the victim, who allegedly said Chapin was wearing a green shirt with writing on it when he entered the room, according to his arrest warrant.

Chapin is being held without bond and his next court date is Jan. 23, according to the sheriff’s office website.

A New York native, Chapin enlisted in 1988 and was commissioned in 2001, according to his service record.

He pinned on commander in 2016 and has been assigned to Patrol Reconnaissance Wing 11 since 2014.

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