The US Army War College reinstated its commandant after an investigation found no basis for allegations of abusive sexual contact related to charges leveled earlier this year.
the army had suspended Major General Stephen Marnion on 9 February following allegations of inappropriate touching, which led to an investigation by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command (CID). The investigation released its findings and the military announced on Wednesday that it would immediately reinstate Marnion to his former position.
In a statement obtained by LBL, Senna said, “Sixteen witnesses were interviewed several times in an attempt to develop evidence to determine whether there was probable cause to substantiate the charge.”
The CID, along with an independent special victim prosecutor and civil prosecutor with 30 years’ experience, “determined that the evidence was not sufficient to establish probable cause.”
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The CID investigation was led by a civilian investigator who has investigated more than 700 sexual assaults over the past 18 years.
The military stressed that the decision regarding probable cause was “completely independent of any command effect and was not presented to any commander for a disposition decision.”
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Marnian has completed 11 overseas tours in a career spanning 33 years. According to Army Times. He joined the Army War College in July 2020 after serving as Deputy Commander of Education at the Army’s Combined Arms Center and as Provost at Army University.
The decision is an important one as the Pentagon tries to reform the culture and deal with allegations of sexual harassment that arise in the service.