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Sailor charged with setting fire to urine samples

Between 5,000 and 8,000 blood serum, fecal, urine, viral and respiratory samples arrive six days a week from U.S. Air Force hospitals and clinics worldwide, as well as some other Department of Defense facilities, for analysis at the Epidemiology Laboratory Service, also known as the "Epi Lab" at the 711th Human Performance Wing’s United States Air Force School of Aerospace Medicine and Public Health at Wright Patterson AFB, Ohio.The lab is a Department of Defense reference laboratory offering clinical diagnostic, public health, and force health screening and testing. (J.M. Eddins Jr./U.S. Air Force)

In an extreme attempt to prevent results from a urinalysis from being used against him, a sailor has been charged with setting fire to samples at a Virginia naval base.

Petty Officer 3rd Class Curtis Dajuan Johnson, a logistics specialist, was charged in May with setting the 2017 fire at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach, Va.

According to the Virginian-Pilot, the fire was in a large, metal, cage locker that contained about 900 urinalysis samples and records and caused extensive damage.

Johnson is accused of setting the fire in order to prevent the results of his urinalysis from being used against him at an adverse administrative proceeding, which he believed would happen, according to the charge sheet.

His charges are “wrongful interference with an adverse administrative proceeding,” aggravated arson because he “willfully and maliciously” set a fire in a building knowing that a person was there, and giving a false statement to a Naval Criminal Investigative Service special agent.

His court-martial date has been set for early April, said David Todd, a public affairs specialist at Commander, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic.

Johnson has been assigned to Fleet Readiness Center Mid-Atlantic in Virginia Beach since July 2015, according to his service record.  Originally from Pennsylvania, he enlisted in 2010 and served on the aircraft carrier USS Harry S. Truman.


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