Guy Roberts, the former assistant secretary of defense for nuclear, chemical, biological defense programs, resigned in April, USA Today reported Thursday, in the midst of an investigation by the Pentagon Inspector General into reports of sexual harassment.
A report from the inspector general, released to the public Tuesday, contains allegations of inappropriate touching from three of Roberts' subordinates, including an incident in which Roberts, after a meeting at a restaurant with one subordinate and a government official, hugged the subordinate and kissed her on the cheek. "While hugging [the subordinate] Mr. Roberts whispered 'I love you'" according to the report.
Roberts was accused of several other incidents of sexual harassment, with that employee and others, creating "a hostile, intimidating, and offensive work environment for women" on his staff.
The number of substantiated allegations of sexual misconduct against senior Army officials increased this year, according to an Army Inspector General report recently presented to service leaders and obtained by Task & Purpose.
The document, which lays out broad details of IG investigations undertaken in fiscal year 2019, looks at investigations specific to senior Army officials, which includes "promotable colonels, general officers and senior executives," according to Army spokesman Lt. Col. Emanuel Ortiz.
The entrance to the U.S. Naval Academy campus in Annapolis, Md., Thursday, Jan. 9, 2014. (Associated Press/Patrick Semansky)
The chief of the Naval Academy police department has been fired following an investigation into sexual harassment allegations even as Navy officials declined to discuss the reason behind his dismissal.