Pentagon reviewing sexual assaults in military
Updated: Thursday, March 14 2013, 09:10 AM EDT
WASHINGTON, D.C. (NEWSCHANNEL 3) - The Pentagon is in the process of reviewing the growing problem of sexual assaults in the military.
Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel ordered the review after lawmakers held a hearing Wednesday to discuss the matter.
This probe was prompted by a case in the U.S. Air Force.
A lieutenant colonel based in Italy was found guilty of a sex assault in November and was sentenced to one year in military prison.
These hearings mark the first time in nearly a decade in which the issue is being addressed.
One senator says anyone in the military guilty of sexual violence should not be allowed to serve.
"The issue of sexual violence in the military is not new and it has been allowed to go on in the shadows for far too long. The scourge of sexual violence in the military should be intolerable and infuriating to all of us,” said Senator Kirsten Gillibrand.
The reviews are expected to be complete next month and could eventually lead to changes in the military's legal procedures.