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US Army Suspends General Linked to Sexual Assault Case

The U.S. Army says it has suspended a two-star general who commands Army forces in Japan for allegedly failing to report or properly investigate an allegation of sexual assault.

Officials said Major General Michael T. Harrison was suspended Friday by Army Chief of Staff General Ray Odierno and Army Secretary John McHugh. The Army provided no details about the sexual assault case.

U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel has called sexual assaults in the military a scourge and promises to take more action against the problem.

A study released by the Pentagon in May estimated that as many as 26,000 military members endured unwanted sexual contact in the military last year.

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