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Army Suspends Commander In Japan For Not Investigating Sex Assault Charge (Video)

Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison
U.S. Army
Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison

Army chief of staff Gen. Ray Odierno relieved Maj. Gen. Michael Harrison of his duties as the commanding general of U.S. Army Japan on Friday for allegedly failing to investigate a reported sexual assault.

According to a Pentagon news release:

Harrison [allegedly] failed in his duties as a commander to report or properly investigate an allegation of sexual assault.

Army spokesman George Wright told USA Today that the alleged sexual assault occurred within the last year.


Former deputy commanding general of United States Army Europe, Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer, will serve as the interim commander until the Army's investigation into Harrison's actions is complete.

The topic of sexual assault within the military has been at the forefront this week, with the U.S. Senate holding hearings on the issue. CNN has more on those hearings in the video posted below: