More than two dozen U.S. generals and admirals have been investigated for personal misconduct over the past 15 months, according to a report by The Washington Post, many of them for charges of sexual assault.
The Post got hold of previously confidential files via the Freedom of Information Act that detail the investigation of members of the top military brass since former general and head of the CIA, David Petraeus, resigned because of an extramarital affair — which is illegal under military law. The Petraeus scandal was especially shocking because he had, up until that point, been known for stellar conduct and integrity.
Documents seen by WaPo reveal that Brig. Gen. Bryan T. Roberts, who said last year that the Army "had zero tolerance for sexual harassment and sexual assault," was under investigation at the time for allegedly assaulting a mistress. The woman said she had maintained a romantic relationship with Roberts for 18 months, and that though the sex was consensual he had become violent on four occasions. Military investigators ultimately linked Roberts romantically to three women before suspending him in May, and firing him from his top position at Fort Jackson in July.