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North Country News
Sun June 16, 2013
NY Air Guard Abuse Claim Gets Attention From Senators
A spokesman for Vermont U.S. Senator Patrick Leahy says his staff will talk to a retired New York Air National Guard officer who alleges a pattern of sexual misconduct at an upstate air base.
Former Lt. Col. Sharon Dwyer Stepp says in a letter to Leahy that offenders at the 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia have been promoted instead of punished.
Stepp was the unit's sexual assault prevention and response coordinator from 2006-2010. She says she was sexually assaulted three times during 37 years in the military.
David Carle, a spokesman for Leahy, says the senator wants to explore Stepp's claims in more detail.
A spokesman for U.S. Senator Kirsten Gillibrand says her measure to take sexual abuse accusations out of the chain of command would apply to guard units.
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