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Navy Officer Pleads Guilty to Taking Bribes

SAN DIEGO (CN) - A Navy commander pleaded guilty Thursday to giving classified information about ballistic missile defense to a foreign contractor in exchange for cash, gifts and prostitutes.

Commander Michael Vannak Khem Misiewicz, 48, of San Diego faces up to 5 years in federal prison for conspiracy to take bribes and 15 years for taking them, plus $250,000 fines for each charge. He will be sentenced on April 29.

He was the eighth of nine defendants to plead guilty, including five other Navy officers, a civilian employee, and two employees of Glenn Defense Marine Asia, which paid the bribes.

Petty Officer First Class Daniel Layug was sentenced last week to 27 months in prison and fined $15,000. The others await sentencing. The Pentagon's former civilian employee Paul Simpkins awaits trial.

Here is Misiewicz's plea deal , and the superseding information against him.

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