History Professor at West Point Dismissed over Allegations of Sexual Harassment

West Point, NY– The head of West Point’s history department has resigned after an investigation into allegations that he sexually harassed women under his command.

Col. Matthew Moten was accused of trying to kiss and touch subordinate females and wives of subordinate officers, the Army Times.com reported.

The allegations surfaced during sensing sessions at the college, and later during a sexual assault and training session, which then prompted an investigation, the website reported.

Lt. Col. Webster Wright, a spokesman for West Point, would not reveal any details of the allegations against Col. Moten, only characterizing his behavior as “misconduct,” according to the Army Times.

Wright also said that Col. Moten has not been accused of sexual assault and is not facing criminal charges.

Col. Moten agreed to resign after the investigation concluded in late August.

This is the third of recent sexual misconduct scandals to surface at the West Point Academy. In May, a non-commissioned officer was accused of filming nude female cadets without their consent. Around the same time the academy’s rugby team was reprimanded over a chain email that denigrated females at the academy.

Col. Moten’s resignation comes less than month after Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel introduced the military’s plan to address sexual assault and harassment in the military.

Moten will retire without his honorary general’s star which is typically given to retiring department heads at the academy, according to the Army Times.

In May of this year, the military was besieged with allegations that the military mishandled a number of sexual harassment and assault allegations among their ranks. This was the beginning of numerous committee hearings and forced the military to develop policies that will better address the rash of sexual misconduct complaints.

The policies set forth by Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel were met with little fanfare and critics were less than impressed.  Taryn Meeks president of sexual assault victim advocacy group Protect Our Defenders described the directives as “tweaks to a broken system.”

The new policies will require the Defense Department to create legal advocacy groups in each branch of the military which will provide legal representation to victims and guide them through the judicial process of filing sexual assault and harassment complaints. Another change would make certain that pretrial investigations into sexual assault allegations are conducted by judge advocated generals. Also, commanders will be given the option of transferring or reassigning unit members who have been accused of a sex crime.

To Congresswoman Kristin Gillibrand, who has been an outspoken critic of the military’s sexual assault and harassment policies,  the new directives are a step in the right direction, but not entirely adequate.

“The Pentagon taking action is a good thing and these are positive steps forward but it is not the leap forward required to solve the problem,” said Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, according to NBC, “As we have heard over and over again from the victims, and the top military leadership themselves, there is a lack of trust in the system that has a chilling effect on reporting.”