Report: Military mishandled Fort Leonard Wood complaints

2 years 10 months 4 weeks ago Sunday, January 18 2015 Jan 18, 2015 Sunday, January 18, 2015 10:59:00 AM CST January 18, 2015 in News
By: The Associated Press

FORT LEONARD WOOD - A newspaper review of military sexual assault programs found that reporting lapses and other mistakes contributed to a climate in which a Fort Leonard Wood drill sergeant preyed on female subordinates.

Army Staff Sgt. Angel M. Sanchez was found guilty at a September court-martial of four counts of sexual assault and six counts of abusive sexual contact at a court-martial. He faces a possible 20-year prison sentence.

The St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that a government investigation concluded that high-level leaders on post "mishandled" informal sexual harassment complaints in Sanchez's unit, E Company, 701st Military Police Battalion.

The newspaper reviewed more than 500 pages of military records received in response to a public records request.

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