The Coast Guard removed a commander from his post in itsLong Island Sound sector amid an investigationthat foundhe had behaved inappropriately around female colleagues,according to a report.
The investigation, a copy of which was acquired by The Day newspaper in New London, Connecticut, through a Freedom of Information request,found thatCapt. Andrew Tuccihad shown excessive and unwanted attention toward three female members of the Coast Guard,including inappropriate touching during a one-on-one meeting behind closed doors.
The Coast Guard temporarily reassigned Tucci in February to the agency’s Research and Development Center in New London during the investigation, Newsday reported.
According to the probe cited in the report, female staffers told Coast Guard investigators that Tuccigave them“unnecessary and prolonged”attention that made them uncomfortable,and put his hand on the thigh of one during a meeting.
The Coast Guard did not immediately respond to a request to comment Saturday.Efforts to reach Tucci were unsuccessful.
Tucci explained his behavior to investigators by saying he was“a little bit of a touchy feely guy,”and that he “wasn’t trying to be sexual,” according to the reported probe.