The Navy has been accused of recruiting an FBI informant to infiltrate the ranks of its recruiters.
The story is the latest in a string of scandals that have engulfed the service.
The Times reports the informant was employed by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS), which is charged with investigating crimes committed by members of the U.S. armed forces.
The Navy says it’s investigating the allegations.
The informant has been named as Capt. Kevin Hickey.
The NCIS was also accused of infiltrating the ranks.
The bureau has denied the allegations, but has said the informant’s conduct was not authorized by the Navy.
The investigation was launched in October.
Hickey is the commander of the Naval Special Warfare Command (NSWC), which operates in the Pacific and Atlantic Oceans.
He’s also the commander for the Coast Guard and the Marine Corps.
The Naval Criminal Investigation Service says its investigation of the alleged recruiting of the informant began in October 2016, with the Naval Investigative Service investigating the incident on Nov. 23, 2016.
The FBI has launched a criminal investigation into Hickey, as well as a separate investigation into whether the informant used his position as a recruitor to promote himself and recruit others for the service, the Times reported.
The newspaper said it could not immediately say how many Naval Specialists are now under investigation.
The military is grappling with an epidemic of sexual misconduct allegations that have swept its ranks, including a number of officers accused of raping female recruits and then failing to report the crimes.
A number of those cases have resulted in disciplinary action for both the Navy and the Coast Guards, which have been rocked by accusations of misconduct.
On Monday, the Navy launched a nationwide effort to overhaul how it treats sexual harassment allegations, including the removal of a former chief of naval operations and a commander who was accused of sexually harassing female sailors.
That effort is part of the Navy’s effort to reform its culture, which has been in turmoil since a female officer was accused last month of sexually assaulting a female sailor in the bowels of the shipyard.