Abuse of Power or Victimisation?

#1
Either way, the result of this one should tittilate if nothing else:

Lesbian army officer sent home from Afghanistan over 'relationship'

A lesbian Army officer was sent home early from a tour of Afghanistanafter being accused of having an “inappropriate relationship” on the front line, a tribunal heard yesterday.

Captain Karen Tait, 29, claims she was stripped of her warrant card and banned from attending the memorial services of colleagues killed in action, after superiors objected to her being gay.

She admitted being involved in a sexual relationship with a fellow soldier, Sergeant Caroline Graham, but said they had put things “on the back burner” after both being posted to Helmand Province in 2009.

But her commanding officers have accused her of changing the leave rotas so that their time off overlapped and also of over familiarity with her lover at Camp Bastion where they shared a tent.

Captain Tait, who is claiming sexuality discrimination against the MoD, said she had been left feeling deeply ashamed when her tour was cut short.

The former Royal Military Police officer said she embarked on a sexual relationship with Sgt Graham after meeting her at the Army Training Regiment in Winchester in 2009.

They met regularly at hotels in the area but Capt Tait claims decided to put the relationship on hold when they learned they were being posted to Afghanistan.

During her tour of duty, Capt Tait took up the post of operations officer for 160 Provost Company, spread across Helmand Province.

She was in charge of allocating each soldier their role, and in October 2009 moved Sgt Graham from Kandahar to Camp Bastian where she was.

Ms Tait claimed this was because Ms Graham had been “medically downgraded” due to a back injury.

Although they stayed in the same tent – the only accommodation for women, she said: “I did not have any intimacy with Caroline of any sort. There was no deliberate physical contact.”

On December 2 2009 Ms Tait was informed she would be “short toured” due to her relationship with Sergeant Graham.

She said she was devastated and concluded the decision had been made because she was gay.

Giving evidence at the Central London Employment Tribunal, she said: “The first respondent [Lt Col Poneskis] didn't like me because I was gay.”

Capt Tait added: “She said I had lost the trust and the confidence of herself and the OC. I was devastated at being removed from my post.”

She was accused of “social misconduct” and had her warrant card removed.

The tribunal heard that Capt Tait had a “traumatic tour” with the death of four soldiers, some of whom she knew well.

On her return she said was sent on leave and banned from contacting the 160 company or attending the memorial service for the casualties from her unit or the medal parade.

An investigation report claimed: “She has allowed this relationship to affect her operational judgement to such a degree that she moved Sgt Graham to her location for her personal gratification.”

Capt Tait denies the claim.

Army spokesperson Major Tim Osman said: “It's inappropriate to comment on an individual case whilst proceedings are ongoing, however the armed forces aim to achieve a working environment free from harassment intimidation and discrimination irrespective of where personnel are located.”

The hearing continues.
Lesbian army officer sent home from Afghanistan over 'relationship' - Telegraph
 
#2
I saw this early today, it look like shes been caught out but is playing the victim card.
 
#3
Be interesting to watch the way the tribunal unfolds. I have a theory or to but they must be saved until the end of the case.
 
#4
I saw this early today, it look like shes been caught out but is playing the victim card.
Agreed. The question to ask is if the Sgt had been male, would she have still be short-toured and reprimanded? I'd guess the answer would probably be yes. She mis-used her position for her own gain.
 
#5
Agreed. The question to ask is if the Sgt had been male, would she have still be short-toured and reprimanded? I'd guess the answer would probably be yes. She mis-used her position for her own gain.
Although if the sgt had been male they wouldnt have been sharing a tent. If an officer in the RMP was found to be shagging a subordinate on tour, its highly likily they would have to leave theatre regardless of what sex they are.
 
#6
The fact shes a Lezzer has nothing to do with.

Shagging across the rank boundary isnt allowed - it happens, but normally on the understanding when you get caught, your career is screwed.

Dry your eyes and your quim, and consider the idiocy of telling the papers how youve been wronged, when in fact youve just contravened a position of authority, and been getting laid in a warzone where lads are lucky to get ten minutes n a sh!tbox with a **** mag.
 
#7
The fact shes a Lezzer has nothing to do with.

Shagging across the rank boundary isnt allowed - it happens, but normally on the understanding when you get caught, your career is screwed.
I guess you mean shagging across the rank boundary in the same chain of command? Otherwise it's fine (officially...)
 
#8
I'm with Maj Osman on this (in opinion, of course), "It would be inappropriate to comment at this stage".
 
#9
Quite OK to comment about something in the public domain as long as the comments are limited to general facts already in the public domain.
 
#10
Quite OK to comment about something in the public domain as long as the comments are limited to general facts already in the public domain.
I know but there is so little in the public domain that there will just be much sniggering with thoughts of lesbian officers posting their lower rank lovers to the same tent as themselves. Hardly conclusive, insightful or useful. So that's why I'm out (of the discussion).
 
#11
OK just for you:

David Mitchell, representing the MoD, read from several statements from her colleagues.

He quoted Staff Sergeant Lee Truman, a senior non commissioned officer, as saying: 'I cannot emphasise enough how sly and underhand Cpt Tait has been in her decision making. She has attempted to get her friends around her and stopped at nothing to achieve this.'

Another staff sergeant described an incident in which Cpt Tait was allegedly seen rubbing sun cream into Sgt Graham's hands.

Mr Mitchell said: 'He thinks it wholly inappropriate for a mature woman and a commissioned officer to behave like a love struck teenager

The staff sergeant said the two 'selfish individuals were out for themselves' and Cpt Tait was a 'disgrace'.

Another experienced officer said they were 'so wrapped up in themselves it's nothing short of criminal'.

Cpt Tait, who graduated from Sandhurst, said Lt Col Poneskis demonstrated on a number of occasions that she was prejudiced against her.

But Mr Mitchell said she only brought the complaint against her superior after accusations of prejudice against more junior officers came to nothing.

He said: 'The reason you did nothing Captain is that you were making up your story as you went along.'



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#12
Yep, those statements certainly shed more light on the subject. It will be interesting to see what the final judgement is, or indeed if it appears to be influenced by political correctness.
 
#13
By allowing herself to be put into a situation where her integrity could even be suspected shows a serious lack of judgement at the very, very least. In these situations, sexuality has nothing to do with it, whereas rank and judgement (or lack thereof) has everything.
 
#14
The plot thickens?

Lesbian captain lover’s ex in £125,000 sex win

THE lesbian lover of a military cop claiming sex discrimination dated another Army girl who won £125,000 in a sexual harassment case.
Capt Karen Tait, 29, is suing the MoD, claiming her affair with 35-year-old fellow redcap Caroline Graham had no effect on her job.

And she says she was given just an hour to pack her bags at Camp Bastion, Afghanistan, in 2009, stripped of her warrant card, and sent her tour medal in a jiffy bag.

The tribunal has not been told of pal Sgt Graham's three-year relationship with former military policewoman Kerry Fletcher, which continued until 2004.

Lance Bombardier Fletcher, 35 and now out of the Army, claimed sexual harassment three years ago against the Ministry of Defence at an employment tribunal in Leeds.

She was awarded £187,000 - cut on appeal to £125,000.

Capt Tait, from Ayr, Scotland, insists her relationship with Sgt Graham was confined to Civvy Street. She maintains it was put on the "back-burner" before she entered the war zone. But officers there accused her of acting like "a love-struck teenager". Hearing continues.

Lesbian captain lover's ex in £125000... - Google News
 
#15
Lezzers always seem to have a yellow, pallid skin-tone. Can we attribute this to sucking on gallons of quim juice over the years? Their livers must be buggered.
 
#19
Get caught, pay the price.
 

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