Soldier on sex assault prevention duty charged with sexual abuse

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Soldiers walk past the III Corps building headquarters at Ft. Hood near Killeen, Texas. (Larry W. Smith / European Pressphoto Agency / November 9, 2009)

By Paresh Dave

(FORT HOOD, Texas)–An Army sergeant at Ft. Hood who was tasked with helping prevent sexual assault now faces potential court-martial for sexual abuse, adultery and other criminal charges.

The 21 initial charges filed Friday by the Army against Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen are related to pandering, conspiracy, maltreatment of a subordinate, abusive sexual contact, adultery and detrimental conduct, the Texas base said in a statement.

Army investigators started looking into McQueen, 38, last May after allegations surfaced that he had turned a few cash-strapped female soldiers into prostitutes who he then offered to higher-ranking members. At the time, the Army didn’t name McQueen, but officials said the sergeant under investigation had been suspended of his duties.

The Ft. Hood investigation is one of several sexual assault scandals in the armed forces as the Pentagon and Congress tussle over how to stop the harassment and abuse.

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