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Court proceedings planned in Zama sexual misconduct cases

YOKOTA AIR BASE, Japan — More sexual misconduct allegations have come to light at Camp Zama with the announcement that two servicemembers are facing charges.

The home of U.S. Army Japan has been rocked in recent weeks by allegations of misconduct that led to the suspensions of USARJ commander Maj. Gen. Michael T. Harrison and U.S. Army Garrison Japan commander Col. Eric D. Tilley.

USARJ public affairs officer Maj. Kevin Toner confirmed this week that two other servicemembers have been charged with offenses under article 120 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, which deals with rape, sexual assault and other sexual misconduct.

The Army’s 4th Judicial Circuit has scheduled pre-trial hearings for the cases at Camp Zama on July 24 and Aug. 19.

Toner said neither case is related to the Harrison and Tilley suspensions.

Harrison was suspended for allegedly failing to report or properly investigate a sexual assault claim. Tilley was suspended - and his civilian deputy, Jeffrey Wertz, was “temporarily detailed to other duties” - pending the outcome of an investigation into a separate incident of alleged misconduct.

The Army will not confirm or deny rumors going around the base that several other senior officials from the base are also suspended.

An assumption of change of command ceremony for Harrison’s replacement, Maj. Gen. James C. Boozer, the former deputy commander of U.S. Army Europe, is scheduled for early next month, Toner said.

robson.seth@stripes.com

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