Royal Navy sailor cleared of sexually assaulting drunk US Navy comrade

A Royal Navy sailor left court today after being cleared of sexually assaulting an intoxicated US Navy sailor in his bed while they were stationed together on a remote island.

A court-martial had heard Leading Seaman Paul Morby, 29, walk into his bedroom drunk and take off his shorts while they were both based in Diego Garcia in the British Indian Ocean Territory.

The woman claimed that LH Morby kept putting his hand on “the back of my pants, my underwear and my jeans”. She said he told her to ‘calm down’ because ‘it’s just a penis’ before sexually assaulting her further, which left her ‘tense’ and ‘numb’, said the panel.

But LH Morby, who denied the charges, told the hearing they had just ‘spooned’ while dressed which made them ‘frisky’.

LH Paul Morby, who served on the HMS Vigilant submarine, said they made out on his bed and after he touched her leg she rushed into the bathroom, the suggesting that he had taken things “too quickly”.

LH Morby, who joined the Navy in 2014, has now been found not guilty of both sexual assault charges after deliberate counseling for five hours.

Leading Seaman Paul Morby, 29, was cleared of sexually assaulting an intoxicated US Navy sailor in his bed

He went to his room drunk and took his shorts off when they were both based in Diego Garcia, the British Indian Ocean Territory

He went to his room drunk and took his shorts off when they were both based in Diego Garcia, the British Indian Ocean Territory

During the trial, Bulford Military Court, Wiltshire, heard the woman had invited him over the afternoon after they had met at a bar on the island a few days earlier, but he did not show up. presented only at 9:30 p.m.

The court heard he drank three beers and two strawberry margarita cocktails, but he denied being drunk.

William Peters, prosecuting, said: “They had known each other for a day or two. There had been sexualized flirtations and they had exchanged contact details.

LH Morby told the court that before he went to her room, he sent her a funny text saying, “You don’t have to do anything you don’t want to, just use yourself as a spoon.”

The woman, in her twenties, told the court: ‘He went to bed and kept asking me to come to bed. I finally said yes and lay down next to him on the bed.

“He kept putting his hand in the back of my pants, my underwear and my jeans. I said nothing at the time.

“He took off his shorts and I asked what he was doing and he looked at me and said ‘calm down, it’s just a penis’.

“Shortly after that he undid the button on my jeans and I told him I didn’t want to have sex. He kept repeatedly asking me to take my clothes off.

“And I kept telling him no over and over. Eventually I realized he wasn’t going to listen to me so I took off each piece of clothing one by one.

“We were laying there and he was sitting behind me and we were still cuddling and talking about something.”

The woman told the court that she heard LH Morby then sexually assaulted her.

She added: “I felt incredibly anxious, very tense, very numb too.”

But LH Morby told the court the woman had been “quite flirtatious” with him before that and after the alleged incident she would be actively looking for him.

He said: ‘I went to his room but I wasn’t drunk. She joined me on the bed. We were spooning and she was pressing her ass against me. I had an erection, I was excited.

“She was not upset in any way. After a while, I started kissing her on the neck.

LH Morby, who joined the Navy in 2014, has now been found not guilty of both sexual assault charges after deliberate counseling for five hours

LH Morby, who joined the Navy in 2014, has now been found not guilty of both sexual assault charges after deliberate counseling for five hours

LH Morby said that while they were kissing, he lightly touched her hip, which he says caused her to lock herself in the toilet for 15 minutes.

“It was a completely unreasonable reaction. She seemed upset, angry and annoyed. From what I saw, it was a perfectly normal encounter.

“She pushed me aside, maybe I took it too fast,” he added.

LH Morby has repeatedly denied putting his hands in her pants, digitally penetrating her and performing oral sex on her.

He told the court he was waiting for her to come out of the bathroom because he wanted to understand what he had done to justify an “unusual and unreasonable reaction”.

The court was told in a text exchange between the two after the alleged incident LH Morby described himself as “dickish” and that he was “ashamed” and “wouldn’t try that shit again”.

He told the hearing: ‘She never specified what I had done wrong. I didn’t apologize for anything in particular. It was never made clear what I had done wrong.

“I was too hard on myself. I was scared and didn’t know what she was capable of. I don’t understand why she made these allegations.

“She made me feel like I had done something wrong because of her reaction, I wanted to make amends.”

The woman then lodged a complaint and the matter was transferred to Royal Navy Police.

LH Morby has since left the Navy and is currently training to become a radiographer.