The head of a sexual harassment program at Fort Campbell, Kentucky was arrested in a domestic dispute after turning himself in to police for stalking his ex-wife, reports KYPost.com.
Lt. Col. Darin Haas turned himself in to police in Clarksville, Tennessee late Wednesday night, authorities said Thursday. The 42-year-old man was arrested on charges of violating an order of protection and stalking his ex-wife. Clarksville Police Sgt. Chuck Gill reported that the two are involved in a custody battle and Haas’ wife said he repeatedly contacted her despite the protective order.
Master Sgt. Pete Mayes, a spokesman for the massive Army said Haas has since been relieved of duty based on the allegations.
“The ongoing investigation is to determine whether or not he violated the actual provisions of the Order of Protection that applies to him,” Mayes said in a news release.
Haas was held at Montgomery County Jail on a $15,000 bond before a 12-hour release.
The arrest is the latest in a growing string military sex-abuse scandals. Sgt. 1st Class Gregory McQueen of Fort Hood in Texas was recently named as a suspect behind running a small-time prostitution ring and for the sexual assault of another soldier. Additionally, just over a week ago, Air Force’s chief of sexual assault prevention Lt. Col. Jeffrey Krusinski was arrested and charged with sexual battery.
The number of reported sexual assaults in the military has been disturbingly increasing. The numbers increased by six percent, from 3,192 in 2011 to 3,374 in 2012.