Special Agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command are investigating allegations that instructors and others at Fort Sill sexually assaulted a female soldier who was going through initial training at the Oklahoma base.
“We take these allegations with the utmost seriousness and will continue to take all actions to ensure the safety of the trainee,” said a Fort Sill press release. “The cadre potentially involved in this allegation have been suspended from their normal duties, removed from any trainee environment, and are all presumed innocent pending a full and thorough investigation.”
The trainee has a Special Victims’ Counsel and access to all victim services, she met with Fort Sill leadership regarding her allegations and is receiving updates from the chain of command.
The investigation is scrutinizing allegations of multiple assaults against the soldier by 22 service members.
Video of one incident under investigation involving several drill sergeants was circulating at the base and was obtained by Army investigators, the official said.
Headquarters, Department of the Army is sending additional specialized CID personnel and providing more attorneys to Fort Sill to assist.
Sexual assault will not be tolerated. It tears at the fabric of our community. We will provide further updates as we are able, while protecting the integrity of the ongoing criminal investigation and the rights of all involved.
According to The Intercept, the victim reported multiple assaults by 22 service members, including several drill sergeants.
Her report “identified seven of the 22 members she said assaulted her,” according to The Intercept. An Army spokesperson declined to specify the number of suspects involved.
The trainee made her report on March 27, according to Maj. Gen. Ken Kamper, the commander of the Fires Center of Excellence and Fort Sill, who told reporters on Thursday that she is “absolutely safe” and has “special victims counsel and access to all victims services.”
“We’re just heartbroken, just sad, sad that something like this happened,” Kamper said. “On a personal level it is just heartbreaking.”
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