Soldier in Sexual Assault Office Accused of Abuse

The Army says the coordinator of a sexual assault prevention program at Fort Hood, Texas, is under investigation and has been suspended from all duties.
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By ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Army says the coordinator of a sexual assault prevention program at Fort Hood, Texas, is under investigation for "abusive sexual contact" and other alleged misconduct. He has been suspended from all duties.

The announcement Wednesday evening came just days after the arrest of the Air Force's head of sexual assault prevention on charges of groping a woman in a northern Virginia parking lot.

[READ: Air Force Sexual Assault Prevention Chief Arrested for Sexual Assault]

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.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the Army to fully investigate.

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