An Army coordinator for a sexual assault prevention office at Fort Hood was accused of "abusive sexual contact" on Tuesday. Think this story sounds familiar? That's probably because last week, the officer in charge of the Air Force's Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office was arrested and charged with sexual battery.
The unnamed coordinator of a sexual assault prevention program has been suspended from all duties while the accusation is investigated. Here's the Associated Press with more:
The Army said a sergeant first class, whose name was not released, is accused of pandering, abusive sexual contact, assault and maltreatment of subordinates.
He had been assigned as an equal opportunity adviser and coordinator of a sexual harassment-assault prevention program at the Army's 3rd Corps headquarters at Fort Hood when the allegation arose.
According to USA Today (citing multiple unnamed sources), the soldier may have been running a prostitution ring:
The solider is being investigated for among other things forcing a subordinate into prostitution and sexually assaulting two others, according to a Capitol Hill staffer who has been briefed on the case and spoke about it on condition of anonymity. Two senior Pentagon officials, who spoke on condition of anonymity because the case is under investigation, also confirmed that the sergeant is being investigated for running a prostitution ring.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel reacted with "frustration, anger, and disappointment over these troubling allegations and the breakdown in discipline and standards they imply," according to a statement from the Pentagon's press secretary.
This latest, Onion-like instance of alleged sexual misconduct among those tasked with preventing it in the military comes one week after the Pentagon released a report indicating that rapes in the military increased by 6 percent last year. In response, lawmakers are considering a number of measures aimed at decreasing sexual assault in the military. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is set to introduce a particularly drastic bill on Thursday in response to increasing military sexual assaults. Her bill would completely remove the decision to prosecute all major criminal cases from the military chain of command.