(THE DAY) — Navy Cmdr. Michael P. Ward II, who has been accused of having an affair with a 23-year-old Chesapeake, Va., woman and faking his death as a means of ending it, has been relieved of his duties as the commanding officer of the USS Pittsburgh, just one week after he was put in command.

The woman said she met Ward, 43, on a dating website in October. She said Ward, who is married with children, told her her he was separated and that he worked in “special ops.” She said he got her pregnant then, in an effort to end the relationship, faked his death in an email communication in July.

The woman talked to The Day under the condition that her name would not be used. Reached by telephone Sunday afternoon, Ward, who lives in Gales Ferry, declined to comment.

According to a press release from the Navy, Capt. Vernon Parks, commander of Submarine Development Squadron 12, relieved Ward on Friday “due to lack of confidence in Ward’s ability to command based upon allegations of personal misconduct on the part of Ward.”

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