Lawmakers outraged over another military sex case

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By ROBERT BURNS, Associated Press

WASHINGTON (AP) — Lawmakers say they're outraged that for the second time this month a member of the armed forces assigned to help prevent sexual assaults in the military is under investigation for alleged sexual misconduct.

The back-to-back cases highlight a problem that is drawing increased scrutiny in Congress. Lawmakers say it's time for Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel to get tough.

A spokesman said Hagel is directing all the services to retrain, re-credential and rescreen all sexual assault prevention and response personnel and military recruiters.

The Army said Tuesday a sergeant first class at Fort Hood, Texas, was accused of abusive sexual contact and other actions.

Last week an Air Force officer who headed a sexual assault prevention office was arrested on charges of groping a woman in a Northern Virginia parking lot.

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