According to his own lawyer, military prosecutors are investigating accusations against a Ft. Hood sergeant once assigned to an artillery battalion at Ft. Hood, the nation’s largest military base.
Joseph Jordan told CNN that his client, Sgt. First Class Gregory McQueen, was suspected of “pandering” and that a military prosecutor had said McQueen is under investigation for prostitution. Jordan told CNN his client would “fight the charges” but also acknowledged that a military prosecutor had offered McQueen a deal, “if he would give up other members of the prostitution ring.”
No formal charges have yet been announced against McQueen but the incident is one of a string of recent accusations of sexual misconduct that have rippled through the American military. Most recently, an enlisted man at West Point was accused of taking photographs of women cadets while they were taking showers.
The program director of a woman’s shelter here in Texas told CNN that her organization had more than 1,000 domestic violence or sexual assault cases in 2012 and about a third of them involved soldiers at Ft. Hood. Suzanne Armor said that many women soldiers were fearful of reporting assaults because they were concerned such reports might adversely affect their military careers.
CNN Correspondent Drew Griffin will have more on these allegations tonight on AC360 at 8 p.m. ET.
UPDATE Watch Drew Griffin's report:
This kind of conduct has been going on for years. I was in from 1992-1997. Sexual assault, discrimination, and sexual harassment has always been a problem. If you reported it not only was the career of the accused was over but so was the victims. If you said anything you were branded. It was known at your future commands before you even arrived. Your chain of command did not care, part of the time they were in on it. You just tried to stay away from it as much as possible. If it was involved with your unit, you were miserable, if you were lucky someone else reported it.
As long as women have been in the Military it has been going on, it is surprising that it has taken so long to be taken care of.
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