U.S. Navy Submarine Commander Demoted After Purchasing Prostituted Women

A United States Navy submarine commander was demoted last summer after he admitted to hiring prostituted women while stationed in the Philippines.  The Navy was quick to act in taking disciplinary action against the commander, who abused his power/money to exploit women, once the accusations were proven true.

Sexual exploitation in the military is tragically more common than people realize. While some cases become high-profile, many instances of sexual exploitation in the military go unreported and kept in the shadows. That’s why, at NCOSE, we started a project titled: Pentagon Watch on Sexual Exploitation. A campaign devoted towards changing the current sexually hostile environment in the military.


The following is an excerpt from a recent Fox News article

The investigation by the U.S. Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) was launched following a sailor’s tip to the Department of Defense Inspector General’s hotline, saying Zettel told him he “requested/ordered ten girls to arrive at the hotel,” according to documents obtained by the Kitsap Sun.

The sailor later saw the commander with around 10 “provocatively dressed females outside the front door of the hotel.”

The incident occurred in March 2018, while being ported in Subic Bay in the Philippines. The criminal investigation began in May.

NCIS agents reportedly confronted Zettel with the allegations. He admitted “culpability in the payment of female accompaniment,” according to the documents released to the publication.

Zettel became the commander of Bremerton, the Navy’s oldest submarine before its recent decommission, in August 2016.

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NCOSE leads the Coalition to End Sexual Exploitation with over 300 member organizations.

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The National Center on Sexual Exploitation has had over 100 policy victories since 2010. Each victory promotes human dignity above exploitation.

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NCOSE’s activism campaigns and victories have made headlines around the globe. Averaging 93 mentions per week by media outlets and shows such as Today, CNN, The New York Times, BBC News, USA Today, Fox News and more.

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