SEALs sidelined over reports of sexual misconduct

Phil Briggs
May 14, 2018 - 3:27 pm

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A Commander and senior enlisted member of a SEAL Team deployed to Africa are being investigated for allegations of sexual misconduct and sexual harassment, according to ABC News.

Maj. Casey Osborne, Special Operations Command Africa director of public affairs, told ABC “Special Operations Command Africa commander Maj. Gen. Mark Hicks suspended the Special Operations Command Forward — East Africa commander and senior enlisted advisor of their duties on May 10 due to allegations of misconduct.”

Lt. Jacqueline Maxwell, a spokesperson for Naval Special Warfare Group Two could not give details about the investiagtion at this time, but said, “A commanding officer and command master chief assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit have been relieved of their duties overseas due to alleged misconduct.”

American Military News reported that one of the two senior leaders is accused of "inappropriately touching a female service member," while both face allegations of sexual harassment.

While sidelined from deployment, the commanding officer and senior enlisted member of the SEAL Team will remain in their positions as the allegations are investigated

SEAL Team units deployed to East Africa usually operate in Djibouti, but in Somalia, they typically assist in an advisory capacity with the Somali military.