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Army sexual harassment program head arrested in dispute

By Associated Press

LAST UPDATED: 01:16 p.m. HST, May 16, 2013

FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. » The manager of the sexual assault response program at Fort Campbell, Ky., was arrested in a domestic dispute and relieved of his post, authorities said today.

Lt. Col. Darin Haas turned himself in to police in Clarksville, Tenn., late Wednesday on charges of violating an order of protection, and stalking. Master Sgt. Pete Mayes, a spokesman for the Army post on the Tennessee-Kentucky line, said Haas was immediately removed as manager of a program meant to prevent sexual harassment and assault and encourage equal opportunity.

Haas and his ex-wife have orders of protection against each other, Mayes said. The two are involved in a child custody fight, Clarksville Police Sgt. Chuck Gill said.

Haas was held for a required 12 hours and released.

His ex-wife told police he repeatedly contacted her Wednesday night despite the protective order, Gill said.

Haas is due to retire from the Army soon, Mayes said.

A working phone number for Haas could not immediately be found today, and he did not immediately respond to a message sent through what appeared to be his Facebook page.

Allegations of sexual assault in the military have triggered outrage from local commanders to Capitol Hill and the Oval Office. Last week, an Air Force officer who headed a sexual assault prevention office was himself arrested on charges of groping a woman in a Northern Virginia parking lot. President Barack Obama pledged today to "leave no stone unturned" in the effort to halt the abuse, which he said undermines the trust the military needs to be effective.

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whs1966 wrote:
Why was this guy chosen to head this unit when he is not the exemplary soldier needed to lead this effort? The Army is obviously not capable of changing its culture from within. That's why the proposed U.S. Senate bill to remove sex-related offenses from the Uniform Code of Military Justice (UCMJ) makes sense. (As many critics note--rightly so--the UCMJ is not uniform and it does not result in justice being served.)
on May 16,2013 | 02:35PM
serious wrote:
It all starts and ends at the top. Who's the Commander in Chief??? He takes all the credit when things go right!!!!
on May 16,2013 | 04:10PM
ejkorvette wrote:
Time to clean house, and it should start with the uniformed commanders and work its way down.
on May 16,2013 | 10:17PM
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