Moran decided to retire because he "maintained a professional relationship with a person who was held accountable and counseled for failing to uphold the values and standards of the naval profession," Spencer said. made me question his judgment. Moran's resignation is partly due to Moran remaining in contact with former Marine Public Affairs official Chris Servello, who left the Navy after a Pentagon Inspector General's investigation into sexual assault Servello's misconduct, several Navy – Officials Say CNN.
"While I admire his loyalty and commitment to the Navy, this decision by his side to maintain that relationship has led me to question his judgment," writes Spencer.
Moran said in a separate statement that he has "made this difficult decision due to an open inquiry into the nature of some of my personal e-mail correspondence in recent years and maintaining a professional relationship with a former staff officer." Now retired, who examined in uniform and for allegations inappropriate Ve held accountable. "
He continues," To put it bluntly, my decision to maintain that relationship was in no way an endorsement or tacit approval for this type of behavior. "
" I understand how toxic it can be to any team when inappropriate behavior goes undetected and uncontrolled, "writes Moran." Every sailor is entitled to serve in an environment free of harassment or intimidation. "
Both statements state that the situation resulted from a professional relationship with Moravia during the course of Moran's career and was not a private relationship.
He resigned at a time when the Pentagon would be without a Minister of Defense affirmed by the Senate Many other high-ranking military roles remain vacant or are occupied by officials in acting roles.
The current naval chief, Admiral John Richardson, who is expected to retire once Moran takes on the role, remains in his role, until he is replaced named.