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Army sex assault officer arrested in domestic spat

The 101st Airborne Division’s officer for a sexual assault response program has been removed from his job after he was accused by his ex-wife of violating a protective order, according to Army officials.

Lt. Col. Darin Haas was arrested Wednesday and immediately suspended from his job at Fort Campbell in the Equal Opportunity and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program, Army officials said.

He was released today on a $15,000 bond.

“This is a domestic matter and not a case of sexual harassment or assault among soldiers and subordinates,” Army spokesman George Wright said Thursday.

Haas and his ex-wife have mutual orders of protection against each other, according to a press release from the Fort Campbell public affairs office. Civilian law enforcement authorities will determine whether Haas violated the provisions of the order that applied to him, the press release said.

Haas was already set to retire from the Army, and his replacement will take over the position immediately, the statement said.

Wednesday, the Army revealed that a sergeant first class who had been a sexual assault prevention program coordinator and equal opportunity adviser at Fort Hood in Texas is under investigation for abusive sexual contact and acting as a pimp, among other charges.

And last week, an Air Force officer who headed a sexual assault prevention office was arrested on charges of groping a woman in an Arlington, Va., parking lot.

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