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(WASHINGTON) — Five civilian employees and an active duty service member have been disciplined for sexual misbehavior at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy.

“The misbehavior ran the gamut,” academy spokesman David Santos told ABC News.  He said there was consensual sexual activity between some of those involved and inappropriate comments made by others online using government computers.

“We took this very seriously,” Santos said. “This kind of behavior is not indicative of civilian and military members of the academy community.”

The active duty service member, who is not a cadet but whose rank was not disclosed, has been discharged from the Coast Guard.  Two of the civilian employees have resigned.  The other three faced unspecified discipline.  There were no criminal charges.

“The Coast Guard has extensive policies outlining appropriate actions and behaviors in the workplace and on government property,” said Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz, the academy superintendent.  “When an individual is suspected of violating these policies, we carefully follow the system in place to protect the rights of all involved in the matter.”

The forbidden conduct was investigated last summer but the Academy answered questions about it this week following an inquiry by The Day, the newspaper in New London, Conn., where the Coast Guard Academy is located.

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