WPAFB, Ohio (WDTN) - What 2 NEWS Investigates revealed last night about a convicted sex offender working at Wright-Patterson Air Force Base near a woman who testified against him is now part of a national discussion.
The discussion has to do with claims of "zero tolerance" for sexual misconduct by the military, while victims still don't feel safe coming forward.
The irony at WPAFB is disturbing. A colonel convicted of sexual imposition returns to work on the base near a woman who testified against him in a Dayton courtroom.
That woman agreed to speak with 2 NEWS Investigates only after she reached out to her management and even General Janet Wolfenbarger and got no relief.
She said, "The proposed solution to my discomfort at work was that a male employee walk me to the restroom and that if that did not suffice it was suggested that I move to another area at Wright-Patt."
Pam Elliot asked Congressman Mike Turner on the phone: "Can you get at that information, Congressman Turner?"
Turner: "We don't intervene in individual cases, but I totally applaud your efforts to make certain that the information is available to the public as to what happened within in our community."
Elliot: "And if it's not, it needs to be. Is that what you are saying?"
Turner: "I think you're doing an excellent job of trying to highlight what really is I think a great frustration for everybody on this issue which is how to we make certain we know what's going on and we know that people are holding people accountable who are perpetrators."
Both Turner and Senator Sherrod Brown say Congress is working on holding the military accountable for not creating an atmosphere where victims feel safe.
Brown said, "People that report sexual crimes against them have to be protected, have to know there's not going to be retribution against them and I don't think the military does that well enough yet. There's a lot more attention from the top now because of all these stories like the one at Wright-Patt and I think that the country is not going to allow this kind of thing to continue."
Both Turner and Brown say they are considering giving commanding officers less say in dealing with those who commit sex crimes.
In fact, Congressman Turner is behind legislation that if someone is convicted of sexual assault that person will automatically be terminated from the military AND will be subject to two years incarceration.
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