POSTED: Wednesday, May 15, 2013 - 7:18pm
UPDATED: Thursday, May 16, 2013 - 8:45am
Fort Hood, TX (KTSM) — A recent report released by the Pentagon reveals a disturbing increase in sexual assaults in the military.
The latest case comes out of Fort Hood, Texas, where an Army sergeant first class allegedly sexually assaulted a subordinate female soldier, then forced her into prostitution, and later allegedly sexually assaulted two others.
According to the Pentagon, the sergeant has been suspended from duty.
Officials say he coordinated the sexual assault prevention program at Fort Hood and is now under investigation for sexual misconduct.
Last week, an officer in the Air Force was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman by grabbing her breasts and buttocks.
The lieutenant colonel was the director of the sexual assault prevention program for the Air Force.
"Sexual assault and sexual harassment is very detrimental. It literally breaks the seams of the work environment, the cohesion, the spirit décor of the unit. Sometimes the victims feel like they'll be re-victimized, personnel will not believe them, some feel that their leadership may be part of the problem, and so then, they will not come forth," said Helena Taylor from the Sexual Harassment Assault Response Program (SHARP) at Fort Bliss.
Special agents from the US Army Criminal Investigation Command are conducting the investigation of accused sergeant. So far, no charges have been filed against him.