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Army's Sexual Misconduct Probe Now Includes Fort Bragg

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FAYETTEVILLE — An investigation into possiblesexual misconduct is underway at FortBragg.

The 528th Special Operations SupportBattalion and the Army's CriminalInvestigation Command are lookinginto an incident involving a male non-commissioned officer and a female non-commissioned officer.

The alleged misconduct took placeNov. 10 at an off-post residence.

The female soldier alleged that a man in her battalion committedan indecent act, said Carol Jones, a spokeswoman forthe Army's Special Operations Command. Both soldiers aremembers of the 528th Special Operations Support Battalion.

Jones said she did not know whether either of the two people involvedoutranked the other.

In the wake of growing allegations, the Army says it will sendinvestigators to all 16 of its training bases, including the largest, FortJackson in Columbia.

Pentagon spokesman Sam Grizzle called the move precautionary. He notednoevidence has surfaced that the other services.are experiencing particular problems similar to those of the Army.

The Army is embroiled in what has become a national scandal of sexualharassment. At a Missouri base, a male drill sergeanthas been sentenced to five months in a military jail for having sex withfemale soldiers. And Army instructors at a base inMaryland have been charged with raping and harassing female recruits.

Also on Wednesday, it was reported that a recruiting office inMassachusetts is now under Army scrutiny for alleged sexualimproprieties.

The Army has reportedly suspended a recruiter in Springfield, accused ofraping a woman who was considering enlisting. The Union-Newsin Springfield, Mass., reports the Army is alsoprobing test-cheating allegations raised against the office.

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