Soldier in Anti-Sex Assault Office Accused of Sex Crime

Hagel orders review of prevention programs

By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff

Posted May 15, 2013 1:24 AM CDT | Updated May 15, 2013 6:00 AM CDT

(Newser) – Yet another military sex-crime probe has spurred Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to order an immediate review of recruiting and sexual assault prevention programs, the Washington Post reports. In the latest scandal, a sergeant at Fort Hood has been suspended over allegations of sexual assault—while serving as coordinator of a sexual harassment and assault prevention program. The Army says the sergeant is being investigated for "pandering, abusive sexual contact, assault, and maltreatment of subordinates," reports CNN, and officials tell USA Today that he is suspected of forcing a subordinate into prostitution.

The Fort Hood case—which follows the arrest of the head of the US Air Force's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office on sexual assault charges last week—comes amid a rise in sexual assaults in the military. Carl Levin, chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, says the panel is working on ways to deal with the problem, the AP reports. "Tragically, the depth of the sexual assault problem in our military was already overwhelmingly clear before this latest highly disturbing report," he said.

The Pentagon has not released the name of the sergeant, who was based at Fort Hood in Texas.   (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett, File)
U.S. Army 1st Cavalry 3rd Brigade soldiers march upon their return home from deployment in Iraq, Saturday, Dec. 24, 2011, at Fort Hood, Texas.   (AP Photo/Erich Schlegel)
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I cannot convey strongly enough his frustration, anger and disappointment over these troubling allegations and the breakdown in discipline and standards they imply. - Pentagon press secretary
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