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Navy man faces 10 counts of rape, sodomy

A Covington County grand jury has returned a 10-count indictment against a U.S. Navy man who confessed in April to raping and sodomizing a girl under 12.

Robert Joseph Boswell, a 19-year-old Red Level resident, is charged with 10 Class “A” felonies — five counts of first-degree rape and five counts of first-degree sodomy — after a report was filed with the Sheriff’s Office in January, alleging the sexual contact.

He was arrested on those charges Wednesday and is currently being held in the Covington County Jail under an $850,000 bond.

Sheriff Dennis Meeks, in a previous statement, said it took investigators nearly three months to schedule an interview with Boswell because of his military commitment.

Meeks said the investigation “demonstrated that Boswell did indeed have unlawful and inappropriate sexual contact with the female minor child” and ended when Boswell confessed.

Meeks said Boswell took leave from the Navy to facilitate the interview, rather than face the consequences through the Navy’s chain of command; however, the military will make their determination in whether or not they will charge him with violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

Reports indicate Boswell was stationed on the U.S.S. Enterprise in Norfolk, Va., and served as an aviation ordnanceman, a person responsible for the maintenance of guns, bombs, torpedoes, rockets and missiles and whose duties also include the stowing, issuing, and loading of munitions and small arms.

As of Thursday afternoon, the Navy’s public affairs office had not responded to questions about Boswell’s military status and whether or not he is currently facing any charges in a military court.