U.S. major general set to retire at lesser rank after failure to address sexual assault allegations
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Former Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison of U.S. Army operations in Japan is set to retire in October one rank under his esteemed title after his lack of addressing sexual assault allegations under his command. Harrison joined the Army in 1980.
"The Army said federal law requires that officers retire 'at the highest grade' at which they served satisfactorily and McHugh determined that in Harrison's case, it was one step below his current rank, the statement said," reports CNN. Harrison will retire as a brigadier general.
"Harrison was suspended from his post as head of U.S. forces in Japan last year amid the investigation," CNN further reports. "An Army investigation found that Harrison mishandled sex assault allegations reported to the command, Lt. Col. Alayne Conway said. No other details were provided."
According to CNN, "Under current guidelines, military commanders have the authority to decide whether their subordinates should face prosecution when such allegations emerge." Congress has recently debated over removing this decision-making process.