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Army sex-abuse officer dismissed over domestic dispute

The head of the Army’s equal opportunity and sexual assault-prevention office at Fort Campbell, Ky., has been relieved of his duties, the Pentagon said.

He is the third sex-abuse prevention officer to be dismissed in the past to 10 days.

However, the Fort Campbell Army officer, whose name was not released, was dismissed over a domestic dispute with his wife, not a sexual-assault case, the Pentagon said.

The Army lieutenant colonel was arrested by civilian authorities for violating a protective order that was sought by his estranged wife, according to the Pentagon. The couple are in the process of getting a divorce. The officer was released today on a $15,000 bond.

He holds a protective order against his wife, as well.

Two other cases involving sex-assault prevention officers do involve sex-abuse-related charges.

On Tuesday, the Pentagon said an Army sergeant first class, assigned to III Corps at Fort Hood, Texas, is under investigation for allegedly forcing at least one subordinate into prostitution, abusive sexual contact, assault and maltreatment of subordinates. He has been suspended from his duties pending an investigation.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., is joined by colleagues on Capitol Hill while introducing sexual assault legislation that would reform the military justice system.

On May 6, the Air Force officer in charge of that service's sexual-assault program, Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, was arrested in an Arlington, Va. parking lot for allegedly groping a woman.

Krusinksi was charged with sexual battery and removed from his position pending an investigation.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., a member of the Armed Services Committee, is spearheading a bill to prevent military commanders from handling sexual assault cases that involve subordinates.


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