Lawmakers outraged over another military sex case
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.