Army Commander Mishandled Sexual Misconduct Reporting But Has a Job at the Pentagon

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
April 23 2014 5:28 PM

Army Commander Who Failed to Properly Report Sexual Misconduct Now Works at the Pentagon

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Harrison was suspended by the Army, then relocated.

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While Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison Sr. was commander of U.S. Army forces in Japan, he let what the Washington Post describes as a “pile” of sexual misconduct complaints—including “having an affair with a subordinate, of drunken and inappropriate behavior with other women at a military club and lastly, of sexual assault”—against a colonel accumulate without taking significant action. Specifically, he waited "months" to report the sexual assault allegation to investigators. When the case came to light, Harrison was suspended and found to have violated Army rules. And then:

Despite the suspension and rebuke, the Army brought Harrison back to the Pentagon to take another important position, as director of program analysis and evaluation for an Army deputy chief of staff. He received an administrative letter of reprimand in December for mishandling the sexual-assault case and other complaints, but remains on active duty.

Harrison announced his plans to retire last week, shorly before the Army released a copy of its report about his actions in response to a Post Freedom of Information Act request. His lawyer says the timing is a coincidence.

Kelly Tunney is a Slate intern in New York City.

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