In December 2018, Micole A. Daugherty, then Machinist’s Mate 3rd Class, went out drinking with another sailor, referred to in court documents as “Seaman Recruit Warren” near Jacksonville, Florida.
The next day, Daugherty claimed Warren sexually assaulted her.
The truth, as it was later discovered, was that Daugherty overslept and missed her pre-deployment firefighting class the next morning.
“Panicked that her tardiness would get her in trouble, she had Seaman Recruit Warren punch her in the face and drive her to a wooded area near base, where she rolled around in the dirt to make it look as though she had been in a struggle,” court documents state, according to Navy Times. “(Daugherty) then went to the base gate and told the security personnel she had been drinking with a man at a club and later woke up in the bushes outside the gate with pain in her vagina.”
Daugherty told the Naval Criminal Investigative Service about the incident, prompting an extensive investigation