Charge: Navy sailor tried to destroy urine samples in fire

VIRGINIA BEACH — A Navy sailor is accused of trying to destroy his urine samples in a fire to prevent the test results from being used against him.

Logistics Specialist 3rd Class Curtis Dajuan Johnson faces a court-martial trial for trying to incinerate the samples on May 1, 2017, at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia. The charge sheets say he set the fire in an occupied building “without proper authority.”

Prosecutors have charged Johnson with one specification of wrongful interference with an adverse administrative proceeding, as well as an aggravated arson charge. He’s also charged with lying to investigators about his whereabouts.

The Pennsylvania native is assigned to Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic.

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John Mangalonzo (john@localvoicemedia.com) is the managing editor of Local Voice Media’s Virginia papers – WYDaily (Williamsburg), Southside Daily (Virginia Beach) and HNNDaily (Hampton-Newport News). Before coming to Local Voice, John was the senior content editor of The Bellingham Herald, a McClatchy newspaper in Washington state. Previously, he served as city editor/content strategist for USA Today Network newsrooms in St. George and Cedar City, Utah. John started his professional journalism career shortly after graduating from Lyceum of The Philippines University in 1990. As a rookie reporter for a national newspaper in Manila that year, John was assigned to cover four of the most dangerous cities in Metro Manila. Later that year, John was transferred to cover the Philippine National Police and Armed Forces of the Philippines. He spent the latter part of 1990 to early 1992 embedded with troopers in the southern Philippines as they fought with communist rebels and Muslim extremists. His U.S. journalism career includes reporting and editing stints for newspapers and other media outlets in New York City, California, Texas, Iowa, Utah, Colorado and Washington state.