By Dana Ford. CNN
(CNN) — The Army announced Tuesday that a sergeant first class assigned to an assault prevention program at Fort Hood, Texas, is under investigation for sexual assault.
The soldier, who was not named in an Army statement, has been suspended from all duties.
Specifically, the soldier is under investigation for “pandering, abusive sexual contact, assault and maltreatment of subordinates,” the statement said. Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are conducting the probe.
No charges have been filed.
“This is so contrary to everything upon which the Army was built,” Secretary of the Army John McHugh said during testimony before the House Appropriations Committee Defense subcommittee, according to the statement. “To see this kind of activity happening in our ranks is really heart-wrenching and sickening.”
McHugh spoke generally about sex abuse crimes in the military.
“As I said to our new Brigadier General Corps when I spoke to them about two weeks ago, ‘You can do everything from this point forward in your military career perfectly, but if you fail on this, you have failed the Army’,” he reportedly said.
The solider was assigned as a Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program coordinator when the allegations surfaced.
Congress must ignore Secretary of Defense Hagel and reform how cases of rape are handled by top officers in our military. A general should not have the power to set aside guilty verdicts and freeing rapists to rape again. A general should not be able to deny justice to the men and women who are sexually assaulted while in military service. For decades the military has been an all boys club. Now women serve along with the men. It’s 2013! Victims of sexual assault should not be denied justice. RAPE IS A VIOLENT CRIME! Whether in civilian life or the military, rapists must be punished, not rewarded with other opportunities to rape again. Our Commander-in-Chief has pledged his support to victims of sexual assault in the military. —GoodOleWoody
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An FBI investigator exits the house on Seymour Ave.
By Matthew DeLuca, Staff Writer, NBC News
CLEVELAND — It was the perfect place to hide three captives in plain sight.
In a rundown section of Cleveland, Ohio, police say three young women — Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight — were held against their will in a white, two-story house for roughly a decade before Berry escaped Monday night and the other two were freed.
While some who lived and worked in the neighborhood described it as tight-knit, others spoke of a darker side.
He was surprised not so much by the women’s captivity but by how much time transpired before they were found.
“Does it shock me?” he said. “Well, I don’t know. Ten years shocks me.”
The three women vanished between August 2002 and April 2004 in separate incidents; they were between 14 and 20 years old. Authorities have arrested three brothers: Ariel Castro, 52, Pedro Castro, 54, and Onil Castro, 50.