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Senior naval officer dismissed over affair

11:00 Mon Oct 21 2013

A senior navy officer has been dismissed from service on five charges relating to his affair with a subordinate.

Commodore Kevin Keat, 55, was last week found guilty at a court martial of the charges which included lying to commanding officers about the affair with the woman and threatening her daughter's job prospects in the armed forces.

At Trentham Military Camp on Monday, 37-year veteran Keat was dismissed from service, despite asking to stay on until the end of his term in February.

The charges arose out of a long-term relationship with the unnamed woman which she said lasted until last December.

Keat, who is married with four children, had said the relationship had ended before he became the Defence Force's assistant chief of personnel, and her boss, in 2010.

Following last week's court martial, Keat was found guilty of failing to report a close personal relationship and failing to end the relationship.

He was also found guilty of omitting to disclose the affair to senior management and using threatening, insulting or provocative language.

However, he was not guilty of telling the woman not to disclose the relationship on her security clearance application, meaning two further charges were not applicable.