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
Army Sexual Assault Prevention Officer Accused of Abuse
The Pentagon has not released the name of the sergeant, who was based at Fort Hood in Texas.   (AP Photo/Jack Plunkett, File)

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. (More US Army stories.)

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