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McQueen's actions harmed Fort Hood sexual assault program

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Posted: Wednesday, June 4, 2014 12:39 pm

FORT HOOD — The Fort Hood noncomissioned officer accused of running an on-post prostitution ring heavily damaged the credibility of the installation's sexual assault reporting program.

That's according to testimony on the second day of a hearing to determine whether Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen will face a military court-martial on more than 21 criminal charges including pandering, conspiracy, adultery and sexual assault.

McQueen is accused of recruiting young, low-ranking female soldiers to have sex for money with high-ranking NCOs in early 2013. At the time, McQueen was also a sexual assault prevention officer with III Corps’ Headquarters and Headquarters Battalion.

Sgt. 1st Class Jennifer Dice, who replaced McQueen after the allegations came to light in May 2013, testified that the scandal had badly damaged the integrity of the program.

"There's no longer any trust," said Dice. "The program is pretty much compromised."

Dice said that trust was a key component in getting soliders to report sexual harassment and assault.

"If that trust is broken, the program is broken," Dice said.

Dice said McQueen's actions, coupled with the recent public firestorm over sexual assault in the military, not only impacts the sexual assault prevention and response program on Fort Hood, but across the entire Army.

"(The program) has been highly scrutinized," she said. "Every move, every detail is being looked at."

Other witnesses this morning included Master Sgt. Brad Grimes, who faced a court-martial in December 2013 for allegedly having sex with one of the female soldiers McQueen recruited, and a special agent from Fort Hood Criminal Investigation Command, who recovered digital forensic evidence from McQueen's phones and computers.

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