Informed Sources: May 2, 1994

Billing the Victim

WASHINGTON -- Admiral Frank Kelso, his pension intact, isn't the only naval officer retiring in the wake of the Tailhook scandal. Lieut. Paula Coughlin, the pilot whose charges of sexual assault launched the official investigation, is leaving the service next week, bitter because she feels her complaints were ultimately brushed off. Adding insult to injury, the Navy's personnel bureau had been claiming she owed it nearly $19,000 of a prepaid pilot bonus that she now cannot "earn" because she is leaving four years ahead of schedule. But the Navy, worried about how Kelso's and Coughlin's end-of-service accountings might...

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