WASHINGTON (May 16, 2013)—The coordinator of a sexual assault prevention program at Fort Hood under investigation for "abusive sexual contact" and other alleged misconduct was identified Thursday as Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen.
McQueen has been suspended from all duties, the Army said earlier this week, but has not been charged.
The Army said McQueen is accused of pandering, abusive sexual contact, assault and maltreatment of subordinates.
He was assigned as an equal opportunity adviser and coordinator of a sexual harassment-assault prevention program at III Corps headquarters at Fort Hood when the allegations arose.
On Wednesday, a defense official said the allegations involve three women including one for whom the unnamed soldier arranged to have sex for money, The Associated Press reported.
The official said it's not yet clear if the sergeant forced the woman into what may have been prostitution.
USA Today, however, earlier quoted two unnamed senior defense officials as saying the sergeant is being investigated for running a prostitution ring.
The sergeant is also alleged to have sexually assaulted one of the other two women.
The official quoted by AP didn’t know about the allegations involving the third woman.
The allegations were made public just days after the arrest of the Air Force's head of sexual assault prevention on charges of groping a woman in a northern Virginia parking lot.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the Army to conduct a full investigation.
U.S. Sen. Carl Levin, D-Mich., chairman of the Senate Armed Services Committee, said the allegations underscore the extent of the problem in the military.
"Tragically, the depth of the sexual assault problem in our military was already overwhelmingly clear before this latest highly disturbing report,” he said.
The Senate Armed Services Committee is considering a number of measures, including changes to the Uniform Code of Military Justice, to address sexual assault and related issues in the military, and will act on them during our consideration of the National Defense Authorization Act next month,” he said.