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Four Times Sexual Assault Prevention Military Personnel Were Accused Of The Behavior They’re Supposed To Prevent

A Pentagon study released last May estimated there were 26,000 instances of unwanted sexual contact in 2012.

1. Jay Morse, the Army’s top prosecutor for sexual assault cases was suspended Thursday after a lawyer who worked for him reported that two years ago he tried to grope and kiss her at a legal conference, Stars and Stripes reported.

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2. Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen, who worked in sexual assault prevention at Fort Hood, allegedly organized a prostitution ring in which young female service members were pressured to have sex with male superiors.

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McQueen was suspended from his sexual assault prevention duties but remains on active duty, Fort Hood officials told the Austin American Statesman. Master Sgt. Brad Grimes, a veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, was demoted and reprimanded for solicitation of a prostitute with the intent to commit adultery in relation to the prostitution ring. The Statesman reported the alleged prostitution ring was revealed when a young private told officials that McQueen had attempted to recruit her to have sex with high-ranking soldiers and sexually assaulted her.

3. Brig. Gen. Bryan T. Roberts warned troops at Fort Jackson in South Carolina the Army had “zero tolerance for sexual harassment and sexual assault.” This occurred while Roberts was under investigation for adultery and attacking his mistress.

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“Team Jackson, let me be clear, the Army has zero tolerance for sexual harassment and sexual assault, and so do I,” Roberts wrote. “I view sexual harassment and assault as an enemy threat, and just as we do with other threats, the Army is placing a continued emphasis toward eliminating it. All of us have a shared role in ridding our ranks of this cancerous conduct.”

Fort Jackson is where most new Army recruits go through basic training according to CNN. That includes training about sexual assault prevention.

Army documents show Roberts was accused of slapping, biting, and giving his mistress an eye injury. This occurred in one of four alleged physical altercations. Three of the four incidents required the woman to receive medical attention.

4. Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski was the chief of the Air Force’s sexual assault prevention branch before he was charged with sexual battery. Prosecutors would later change that charge to assault and battery. He was acquitted in November of last year.

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Andrew Kaczynski is a political reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.
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