Army investigates sergeant for alleged sexual assault

(CNN) — The Army announced Tuesday that a sergeant first class assigned to a sexual harassment and assault response and prevention program at Fort Hood, Texas, is under investigation for “pandering, abusive sexual contact, assault and maltreatment of subordinates.”

The soldier, who was not named in an Army statement, has been suspended from all duties.

No charges have been filed.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel is aware of the allegations.

“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, the statement said. “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.

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