crimes and misdemeanors

The Military’s Sexual Assault Prevention Officers Can’t Keep Themselves Out of Trouble

US Female Marine, Gunnery Sargeant Michelle Mollen of the 2nd Battalion, 1st Marines Regiment patrols in Garmser, Helmand Province, Afghanistan on March 12, 2011.There are around 140,000 international troops, two-thirds of them from the United States, in Afghanistan fighting the militant Islamist Taliban. AFP PHOTO/ADEK BERRY (Photo credit should read ADEK BERRY/AFP/Getty Images)

For the third time in two weeks — following a report stating that sexual assaults in the military are on the rise and a stern lecture from the president — a man running a program dedicated to preventing such disgraceful incidents finds himself disgraced. (In the Air Force, it was groping, and in the Army, at Ford Hood, it was an investigation into a sexual assault and a prostitution ring.) This time, Army officer Lieutenant Colonel Darin Haas, the manager of the Fort Campbell Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention/Equal Opportunity office, was arrested for stalking his ex-wife, violating an order of protection she had against him. (He also has one against her; the pair is in a custody battle.) Haas will no longer run the prevention office, because it’s already not working and that would be awkward.

Military Sex Assault Prevention Not Going Well