Army sexual assault prevention program coordinator at Ft Hood under investigation for “abusive sexual contact,” other offenses.

http://talkingpointsmemo.com/news/soldier-in-sexual-assault-office-accused-of-abuse-pimping-more.php?m=1

28 Responses to “Nail, meet coffin”

  1. No Man says:

    Ok, wile those on the Hill won’t care, the guy is command career counselor whose collateral duty is probably sexual harassment and other stuff that usually gets assigned to the career counselor.  I wouldn’t call him a “program coordinator” in the way LTC K was.  But, at this point who wares.  Game-Set-Match.

  2. Weirick says:

    Solid title. Bad news, but always good to see a creative post. Also, never good when “pimping” is in the URL. 

  3. ResIpsaLoquitur says:

    Oh, for cryin’ out loud…

  4. ResIpsaLoquitur says:

    I just explained to my wife what this guy’s job was.  Her response: “Oh, so he’s Sexual Harassment Panda.”

  5. ObservationPost says:

    This guy isn’t really on the sexual assault response team.  In fact, he’s not even a season ticket holder.  At best, he watches most games from a bar down the block while wearing the team’s jersey.  The media wants there to be an epidemic, and will report accordingly.

  6. Vic Ferrari says:

    C’mon, USN and USMC, your turn next.  If we get all the services on the shame train the USAF and USA won’t feel so lonely.

  7. Lieber says:

    OP: whether that’s an appropriate description of the SHARP role or not, the media portrayal of his job seems perfectly justified considering the important sounding title we give to the SHARP.

  8. Atticus says:

    When you have people who view sexual assault allegations through the eyes of a 20 y/o frat boy, the chickens eventually come home to roost …

  9. Mike says:

    I guess I can club baby seals and steal old people’s walkers in uniform now – can’t be worse than these news stories.

  10. k fischer says:

    This article seems to indicate that the possiblity is still open that the accused is female.  Anybody from Hood know the scoop?

  11. Lieber says:

    An enterprising individual could call for each of the SFCs in this directory : http://www.hood.army.mil/SHARP/Documents/Fort%20Hood%20BDE%20SHARP%20Directory.pdf
    and see which one is “unavailable”…..

  12. Christopher Mathews says:

    That would be a productive exercise.  I’m sure the gender of the alleged miscreant is totally more important than the underlying narrative: that the military apparently doesn’t take sexual assault prevention seriously enough to staff these positions with folks who can avoid the police blotter.

  13. Phil Cave says:

    http://www.necn.com/05/15/13/Charges-against-Army-sergeant-said-to-in/landing_nation.html?&apID=2d1aaf3a4e0f4cd68672237a995377a9
    An “official” is quoted.  Did not the earlier news release indicate they were not going to be giving out details.
    What’s the betting the “official” is with CID.

  14. Phil Cave says:

    Here we go:
    Apparently a quote:
    To protect the integrity of the investigative process and the rights of all persons involved, no more information will be released at this time. 
    Apparently some “official” didn’t get the word.  This is one of BG Sinclair’s complaints about the investigation – the government leaking all kinds of stuff, and now the MJ wants to shut down the defense?
     

  15. ResIpsaLoquitur says:

    …eh, I don’t know if we should go trying to “out” the accused.  The individual is already going through hell; if he (and let’s face it–statistically, it’s likely a guy) is later cleared, we’ll potentially have caused him unnecessary grief, as we already know the press reads this blog and may start harasssing him.

  16. Phil Cave says:

    Kyle, one for you, always look to foreign media for a better view.
    In addressing this story AFP says,
    The number of people who were victims of unwanted sexual contact – a catchall term including everything from innuendo to rape – surged by a third with 26,000 men and women reporting incidents in 2012.

  17. k fischer says:

    CM,
    I just thought it was odd that this person’s identity is being protected, and the CNN report says the military  is being very vague regarding gender.  If the accused is female, then I expect the next person accused of sexual assault should not to be outed.  I agree that this particular individual is probably a man.  Does it make a difference with regards to culpability for the conduct allleged here?  No, she would be a miscreant, too.  I just thought it was weird that the CNN story made it a point to comment on the fact that there was no gender reference in the military’s information.
     
    Phil, I heard one of our legislators refer to that figure as 26,000 unreported “rapes.”  If “innuendo” is included in that number, then I was just raped in my office’s breakroom where one of ladies who work for another attorney in my office told me, You’d better run because you’re looking really good in that  black suit.”  I think she threatened me wtih unwanted sexual contact, so if I was to respond to the survey, I’d be one of the 26,000.  
     
    Of course, this incident is much different than if she said things like that on a daily basis, cornered me in the breakroom and blocked my way out on a daily basis, etc.  I think that would crescendo to a point where I would have to report her after I told her to stop.  But, that is sexual harrassment, not rape or sexual assault.  
     
    I don’t think it should be counted as an unreported sexual assault and to do so alllows people like me to roll their eyes and accuse them of having an agenda.  Makes you wonder if they lump all these offenses into one category because the crimes that actually require physical contact and a lack of consent are on the decline.

  18. ResIpsaLoquitur says:

    @k fischer,
    I did some creative research, and I’m pretty sure that the individual is a male (though I could be wrong).  I’d like to keep my findings sufficiently vague under the general “do unto others” princple–besides, if the story has teeth, his name wil be public soon enough.

  19. Phil Cave says:

    That didn’t take long.
    Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen, a sexual abuse educator at Fort Hood, Texas, for running a small-time prostitution ring and for the sexual assault of another soldier, senior military officials have confirmed.
    http://www.airforcetimes.com/article/20130515/NEWS/305150027?utm_source=feedly

  20. Christopher Mathews says:

    And the hopes of misogynists everywhere sink a little further.

  21. ResIpsaLoquitur says:

    This is not the first time somebody in a position of authority in the military has run a prostitution ring….My guess is, it is the first time it’s gotten a mainstream national spotlight.
    http://www.leatherneck.com/forums/archive/index.php/t-32473.html

  22. Cap'n Crunch says:

    It has been a long, long, long time…. but I recall, some 15 to 20 years ago, an incident of a USAFA Cadet running some sort of brothel, or taking breast pictures, or something to that effect.  I don’t think it was one of my classmates, but a few years behind me.  But, you know, none of this is particularly new.  Statistically speaking, I would venture a guess that the percentage of sexual issues in the civilian populace is no greater than that in the military.  But we have this view, perhaps rightly, that we hold our military folks to a higher standard.  Of course, when we fail to enforce standards, maybe that is the rub…  Maybe “that is the rub” isn’t the right term…

  23. Contract Lawyer says:

    This issue will only get worse with increased reporting of incidents that happen in the normal course of a very large organization.  The Fort Campbell civilian was arrested for a domestic and it makes headlines.  There will be more.  
    I will not encourage my daughter to join the Army unless this is fixed, but I will also be reluctant to encourage her to join under a system that is stripped of basic due process and constitutional protections. 
     

  24. Christopher Mathews says:

    CL:  Apparently the Ft Campbell case involves an AD military member, Lt Col Darin Haas.
    As was pointed out in another threat, the services don’t appear to have staffed these positions with their best and brightest officers, suggesting that senior leadership doesn’t view prevention as important.
    http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/16/fort-campbell-sexual-harassment-manager-arrested/2182437/

  25. k fischer says:

    Does anybody have the text for the “Military Justice Improvement Act” that is supposed to place the authority to prosecute all offenses with confinement greater than one year, unless they are military specific offenses, into the hands of an experienced military prosecutor?  Sounds interesting.
     
    CM, I agree that expecting LTC Haas to have a sympathetic view of women when he is going through a contentious divorce is not very realistic and should have disqualified him for being this position.

  26. Contact Lawyer says:

    If an accused is prosecuted by other than an experienced military prosecutor, Is this grounds for appeal.

    I suspect TDS will be the model for this. What about a real jury? More aquitals? Of course UCI will be allowed and encouraged. We still have empty desks at the contacting office.

  27. Christopher Mathews says:

    kf, I’m not sure I’d go so far as to say his marital difficulties were per se disqualifying.  If the reports are accurate, though, he does appear to have some impulse control issues.  Lots of folks go through difficult divorces and manage to avoid arrest.

  28. stewie says:

    I think we forget that people can be VERY effective at keeping their personal peccadilloes and family/life issues/problems hidden for a very long time.  Eventually yes they come to light simply because sooner or later it gets too big to keep under the rug, but no amount of scrutiny is going to fully prevent these kind of things from happening on occasion.  It just happened that these occurrences came at a REALLY bad time.