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Male Sergeant May Have Filmed Female Cadets At West Point

A male sergeant at West Point has been accused of secretly videotaping at least a dozen female cadets, sometimes when they were showering, The New York Times reports.

Gen. John F. Campbell, the army's vice chief of staff, tells the Times that "once notified of the violation, a full investigation was launched, followed by swift action to correct the problem."

The accused, Sgt. Michael McClendon, was charged on May 14 "under four articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for indecent acts, dereliction in the performance of duty, cruelty and maltreatment, and actions prejudicial to good order and discipline," according to the newspaper, and was transferred to Fort Drum, N.Y. He had been a staff adviser to a company of cadets.

This news follows a series of reports regarding allegations of sexual assault in the military. Among our related posts:

-- Head Of Sexual-Harassment Program At Fort Campbell Arrested.

-- Military Recruiters, Sex Assault Responders To Be Retrained.

-- Member Of Fort Hood Sexual Assault Response Team Accused Of Abuse.

-- Sexual Assaults In Military Have Increased By A Third Since 2010.

-- General's Dismissal Of Sex Assault Conviction Sparks Anger, Review Of System.

Other NPR reports include:

-- Military's Sexual Assault Problem Is A Cultural One. (All Things Considered)

-- Why Is There So Much Sexual Abuse In The Military? (Tell Me More)

-- U.S. Military Faces More Accusations Of Sexual Improprieties. (Morning Edition)

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Mark Memmott is NPR's supervising senior editor for Standards & Practices. In that role, he's a resource for NPR's journalists – helping them raise the right questions as they do their work and uphold the organization's standards.
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