Friday, March 7, 2014
Ft. Hood sex assault prevention officer charged in prostitution ring
This is an awful case of sexual abuse within the armed forces at nearby Ft. Hood, TX. Note, too, that the victims, who were enlisted women, are described as being "cash-strapped." That is certainly part of the problem: military pay is not as high as most enlistees think it will be, and many recruits wind up in financial difficulty. The US Senate vote yesterday was very disappointing. What more evidence do legislators need to show that the chain of command structure is a major factor in military sexual assaults continuing at such high rates? The last sentence of this article is something every woman or man thinking of enlisting should think very hard about.
BY JEREMY SCHWARTZ - AMERICAN-STATESMAN STAFF
Army officials on Friday charged a former Fort Hood sexual assault prevention officer with 21 counts of abusive sexual contact, pandering, conspiracy and adultery among other charges in a case that had focused national attention on the issue of military sexual assault.
Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen is accused of setting up a prostitution ring at Fort Hood and recruiting young, cash-strapped female privates to have sex with older soldiers. At the time he served as the Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention officer for a battalion within Fort Hood’s III Corps headquarters. He has since been suspended from that post.