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US Army general suspended over alleged failure to deal with sex assault claim

A major general in the United States Army has been suspended from his duties as commander of forces in Japan over accusations he failed to “report or properly investigate an allegation of sexual assault,” the Department of Defense said Friday.

The decision about Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison was taken by Secretary of the Army John McHugh and Chief of Staff Gen. Ray Odierno, according to a statement.

“Maj. Gen. Harrison was suspended following actions taken today by due to allegations that Harrison failed in his duties as a commander to report or properly investigate an allegation of sexual assault,” the statement said.

Harrison was also suspended from his duties as commanding general of I Corps (Forward).

The statement said that Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer, the former deputy commanding general of United States Army Europe, would serve as the interim commander “until the investigation is complete and the issue resolved.”

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