March 7th, 2014
08:23 AM ET

Groping Allegation Against Army Officer Who Helps Fight Sex Crime

The U.S. Army is investigating an allegation that an officer whose job includes training sex crimes prosecutors groped a female lawyer in 2011, an Obama administration official told CNN.

The Army did not name the officer but the official identified him as Lt. Col. Joseph Morse, who has been suspended from his duties as chief of a service-wide legal program based in Virginia.

The Army's Criminal Investigation Command is investigating and also will look for any other misconduct as a routine part of the probe, according to the official, who was not identified for full attribution due to the ongoing investigation.

An Army spokesman confirmed the probe and said the officer had been suspended, but did not provide any additional information.

The grouping allegedly occurred at a litigation training conference on prosecuting sex assault, the official told CNN.

Stars and Stripes and the Washington Post first reported on the investigation.

Stars and Stripes also reported that Morse was the lead prosecutor in the case against Staff Sgt. Robert Bales, who pleaded guilty to the mass murder of 16 Afghan civilians in 2012.

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  1. Ernest Smith

    She was in his hotel room after the conference, add a few drinks...Sounds more like they both violated some rules of professional/moral conduct let alone common sense. CNN get the rest of the story least I have to rely on that fact based reporting website!

    March 7, 2014 at 10:05 am | Reply

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