A adorned Navy lieutenant commander was arrested in Virginia final week on sex trafficking charges.

Lt. Cmdr. Charles Cranston, who serves as a safety officer with the U.S. Fleet Forces Command’s Anti-Terrorism Force Protection unit in Norfolk, was taken into custody by civilian authorities, a Navy official confirmed to Task & Purpose Monday.

“The Navy takes this matter seriously and is fully cooperating with law enforcement,” stated Lt. Cmdr. Madisyn Hansen.

Lt. Cmdr. Charles Milton Cranston, Jr. (Henrico County, Virginia Sheriff's Office)

Lt. Cmdr. Charles Milton Cranston, Jr. (Henrico County, Virginia Sheriff’s Office)

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Cranston, who enlisted in the Navy in April 1994 and commissioned as an officer in June 2006, is now being held with out bond on the Henrico County Jail and is scheduled to look in courtroom on Dec. 10.

Cranston was promoted to lieutenant commander in September 2016, whereas Navy data present his awards and decorations embrace the Joint Service Commendation Medal, 4 Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medals and 4 Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medals.

A spokesperson for the Henrico County Sheriff’s Office couldn’t present extra particulars on the case when reached by Fox News.

In this Sept. 17, 2012, file photo, the littoral combat ship USS Forth Worth arrives at the port of Galveston, Texas, to prepare for its formal commissioning ceremony.

In this Sept. 17, 2012, file picture, the littoral fight ship USS Forth Worth arrives on the port of Galveston, Texas, to arrange for its formal commissioning ceremony.
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The sex trafficking case in opposition to Cranston comes after a Military Times report in June 2020 uncovered particulars of one other sex trafficking operation involving a number of Navy sailors in Bahrain. It included the housing of prostitutes and “seizing the women’s passports and taking a cut of the women’s earnings, profiting from a sex trade that serviced shipmates who lived on the island or came ashore during port calls.”

A lieutenant commander in addition to at the least fixe chiefs and 6 different sailors have been charged or administratively disciplined in connection to that case since 2017, the Military Times reported.

The USS Ronald Reagan

The USS Ronald Reagan
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In an audio recording of an all-hands assembly with sailors that was obtained by the Military Times, then-Vice Adm. John Aquilino might be heard saying that the trafficking instances “have spanned rates and ranks, and the large number of them are senior and khakis.”

“Who thinks it’s okay to bring foreign nationals into this nation and take their passport and push them out for service to both yourself and anyone else, one of your buds?” Aquilino requested. “Who thinks that’s okay?”