General suspended over adultery, assault allegations

Wednesday, May 22, 2013 - 9:19am

The Army has suspended the top general at Fort Jackson in South Carolina, where most recruits go through basic training, following allegations of adultery and assault.

Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts was relieved of his duties on Tuesday as commanding general of the U.S. Army Training Center and Fort Jackson while the allegations are investigated, a spokesman for the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command, Harvey Perritt, said.

Roberts was suspended by Gen. Robert Cone, the commander of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Fort Jackson, where Roberts was the senior commander, is where most Army recruits go through basic training, which includes training about sexual assault prevention.

This is the latest case involving senior military officers accused of misconduct, including sexual assault allegations.

President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have suggested a sexual assault crisis is risking the military's ability to conduct its mission.

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