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Navy captain temporarily relieved of duty

January 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A U.S. Navy captain has temporarily been relieved from his post pending investigation of lewd videos he is said to have produced, sources tell ABC News.The videos were reportedly made in 2006 and 2007 by Capt. Owen Honors, who now commands the Norfolk, Virginia-based USS Enterprise.

The videos were broadcast on the Enterprise's closed-circuit TV and included gay slurs and suggested scenes of women pretending to shower together. Other clips in the video show a man in drag and a mock rectal examination.

The Navy said it will investigate the videos it described as "clearly inappropriate."

In response to the videos, a Navy spokesman said the type of videos produced by Honors, "Were not acceptable then and are not acceptable in today's Navy," and that "U.S. Fleet Forces Command has initiated an investigation."

"Worst case is he could be taken to a court marshal," said Eugene Fidell of the National Institude of Military Justice. "It's a little bit of a challenge as to how you would charge this conduct, but they'll find something."

The Enterprise was deployed in the Middle East at the time the videos were made and is weeks from deploying again.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.