Increased incidents of military sexual assault coupled with reports of alleged abuse by military members assigned to prevent such assaults has prompted Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to order the retraining, re-credentialing and re-screening of all personnel involved with sexual assault prevention and military recruiting.
Defense Secretary Orders Retraining
The retraining was directed by Hagel after he was briefed on the second incident involving prevention personnel according to the American Forces Press Service.
“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 George Little said.
… Little said Hagel directed the retraining, re-credentialing and rescreening to address the broader concerns that have arisen out of these allegations and other recent events.
Allegations Surface at Ft. Hood
The Department of Defense on Tuesday opened a second investigation of sexual misconduct by a military member whose job it is to respond and prevent military sexual assault.
This newest case involves an Army sergeant first class who is part of Ft. Hood’s sexual assault prevention office. It comes a week after an Air Force officer who was part the Air Force sexual assault prevention program was charged with allegedly accosting a woman in Virginia.
The official news release:
The Army announced today (Tuesday) that an Army sergeant first class assigned to III Corps, Fort Hood, Texas, is under investigation for pandering, abusive sexual contact, assault and maltreatment of subordinates.
The ongoing investigation is being conducted by special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command, commonly known as CID.
The soldier had been assigned as an Equal Opportunity Advisor and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention (SHARP) program coordinator with one of the III Corps’ subordinate battalions when the allegations surfaced.
The accused was immediately suspended from all duties by the chain of command once the allegations were brought to the command’s attention. There have been no charges filed or preferred at this time.
To protect the integrity of the investigative process and the rights of all persons involved, no more information will be released at this time.