Fort Benning drill sergeants suspended amid sex assault allegations

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By: Associated Press
August 24, 2017

FORT BENNING, Ga. (AP) -- Multiple drill sergeants at a Georgia post have been suspended as the military investigates allegations that trainees were victims of sexual assault and other sexual misconduct.

An Army news release said the investigation began when a female trainee accused a drill sergeant of sexual assault. Her complaint revealed further allegations of "sexual misconduct" between trainees and drill sergeants.

Fort Benning spokesman Ben Garrett said Wednesday that Army criminal investigators were notified immediately of the allegations at the post in Columbus.

Garrett said "multiple drill sergeants" were suspended pending the investigation's outcome. He said no one has been charged.

Fort Benning conducts basic training and is home to the Army's infantry and armor schools. About 17,000 trainees are stationed there.

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