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US Army sex crime prosecutor faces groping allegation

Published on Mar 7, 2014 4:20 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - The US Army's top prosecutor overseeing sexual assault cases has been suspended over allegations he groped a female lawyer working for him and tried to kiss her, officers said Thursday.

The suspension marks the latest embarrassing setback for the US military as it grapples with a sexual assault crisis that has sparked calls for a radical overhaul of its judicial system.

The allegations were first reported by the Stars and Stripes newspaper and confirmed to AFP by military officers, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

The allegations involve Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Morse, who supervises the army's special victim prosecutors that handle sexual assault, domestic abuse and crimes against children cases.

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