A USAF general who has been selected to be the next vice-chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff has been accused of sexual misconduct following his nomination, years after the alleged incident took place.
General John Hyten reportedly subjected an unnamed female aide to unwanted sexual advances in 2017, to include kissing, hugging and rubbing up against her.
After she allegedly spurned his advances, she claims Hyten tried to derail her military career.
According to the Air Force Times, the USAF determined there was not enough sufficient evidence to charge or punish the general.
The female victim, who claims she never reported the incidents due to the possible embarrassment that would come from going public, remains in the military. It is unknown why she waited until the general was selected for his new role before she spoke up about the matter.
The victim now claims she has had a solid career and has nothing to lose by fielding the accusations. She has also raised similar sexual misconduct claims in the past against other officers and had been investigated by Strategic Command for “toxic” leadership behavior, which she claims was encouraged by Hyten.
“I was not the most popular officer in the command. In fact, one could say I was not popular at all,” she said. “But I was very successful in turning around an organization.”
Despite the accusations, the Pentagon has no plans -as of yet- to derail the nomination.
“With more than 38 years of service to our nation, Gen. Hyten has proven himself to be a principled and dedicated patriot,” said Air Force Col. DeDe Halfhill, a spokeswoman for the Pentagon.
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