Prosecutors: Navy Commander Sexually Assaulted Woman in India

September 29, 2022Carl Prine
Before he was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Bangalore, India, US Navy Cmdr. Edward Forrest Hill V flew for the North Island, California-based Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35. US Navy photo.

Before he was charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Bangalore, India, US Navy Cmdr. Edward Forrest Hill V flew for the North Island, California-based Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35. US Navy photo.

Military prosecutors have charged a US Navy commander with sexually assaulting a woman in India three years ago.

A naval aviator assigned to the chief of naval personnel support at the Pentagon, Cmdr. Edward Forrest Hill V is slated to be arraigned Oct. 18 at the Washington Naval Yard on three counts of sexual assault and one charge of assault consummated by battery.

He has pleaded not guilty and, through counsel, declined to comment to Coffee or Die Magazine.

Authorities accuse Hill of placing his genitals in the mouth of an unwilling woman on Aug. 5, 2019, in Bangalore. They also allege he fondled her, unlawfully pushed on her neck with his hand, and performed other acts on her without her consent.

Navy commander

Before he was charged with sexual assault, US Navy Cmdr. Edward Forrest Hill V flew for the “Magicians” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35. US Navy photo.

Vice Adm. Nancy S. Lacore, the 93rd commandant of Naval District Washington, referred Hill to general court-martial proceedings on Jan. 31, 2022, according to charge sheets provided to Coffee or Die.

Her command also declined to comment on the case.

Originally from Wisconsin, Hill was commissioned out of the US Naval Academy in 2002, according to his service record.

A Navy test pilot who also served as a legislative fellow to Congress, Hill has flown for the “Wolfpack” of Helicopter Anti-Submarine Squadron (Light) 45, the “Merlins” of Helicopter Combat Support Squadron 3, and the “Magicians” of Helicopter Maritime Strike Squadron 35.

He's also been assigned to Air Test and Evaluation Squadron 2 in Patuxent River, Maryland, which evaluates the latest helicopter and tilt-rotor aircraft technology for the Navy and Marine Corps.

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Carl Prine
Carl Prine

Carl Prine is a former senior editor at Coffee or Die Magazine. He has worked at Navy Times, The San Diego Union-Tribune, and Pittsburgh Tribune-Review. He served in the Marine Corps and the Pennsylvania Army National Guard. His awards include the Joseph Galloway Award for Distinguished Reporting on the military, a first prize from Investigative Reporters & Editors, and the Combat Infantryman Badge.

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