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Sexual Assault

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WASHINGTON — In a scathing critique of the Defense Department’s efforts to curb sexual assaults, a U.S. senator warned Monday that the true scope of sex-related violence in the military communities is “vastly underreported” and that victims continue to struggle for justice.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., said in a report that the Pentagon refused to provide her with all the information she requested about sexual assaults at several major bases. The material she did receive revealed that the spouses of service members and civilian women who live or work near military facilities are especially vulnerable to being sexually assaulted.

Yet they “remain in the shadows” because neither is counted in Defense Department surveys to determine the prevalence of sexual assaults, the report said. “I don’t think the military is being honest about the problem,” Gillibrand said in an interview.

The senator said her analysis of 107 sexual assault cases found punishments that were too lenient and the word of the alleged assailant was more likely to be believed than the victim. Less than a quarter of the cases went to trial and just 11 resulted in conviction for a sex crime. Female civilians were the victims in more than half the cases, said Gillibrand, an outspoken advocate for an overhaul of the military justice system.

HOUSTON — A South Texas man working for the Department of Defense in Honduras faces up to 30 years in prison for having sex with a 13-year-old girl.

William Curry McGrath of San Antonio remains jailed pending sentencing this summer in federal court in Houston. The 55-year-old McGrath on Tuesday pleaded guilty to engaging in illicit sexual conduct with a minor in a foreign place.

McGrath was a civilian employee with DOD, working as director of the Network Enterprise Center at Soto Cano Air Base in Comayagua, Honduras.

The label promised that Bud Light was "the perfect beer for removing 'no' from your vocabulary for the night." But that's exactly the word that occurred to many people who say the message recalls alcohol's troublesome connection to sexual assaults.

Anheuser-Busch says the slogan is one of many messages it has printed on beer labels as part of its "UpForWhatever" ad campaign. But it acknowledges that it "missed the mark" with this one, saying that it has stopped making the label.

Sexual relationships in long-term care facilities are not uncommon. But the long-term care industry is still grappling with the issue.

SAN ANTONIO — The San Antonio City Council has approved a $500,000 settlement in a civil lawsuit filed by a woman who said a former police officer raped her in 2013.

The San Antonio News-Express says the city council on Thursday approved the settlement without discussion. The plaintiff initially had sought $10 million from the city for violation of her Fourth Amendment constitutional right to be free from unreasonable search and seizure.

City Attorney Martha Sepeda said the city and the plaintiff arrived at the settlement amount through mediation.

DALLAS — Volunteer firefighters south of Dallas were arrested on charges they held down a man and sexually assaulted him at their fire station, according to a court affidavit released Tuesday.

Five men ranging in age from 19 to 30 were charged with aggravated sexual assault while a 23-year-old woman was charged with improper visual recording for using a cellphone to videotape the assault, the arrest warrant affidavit showed.

A report released Sunday about a Rolling Stone magazine story detailing an alleged rape at the University of Virginia is one more chapter in a long, troubling story for the campus.

A Headline from the Dallas Morning News on Thursday read, "Irving high school teacher accused of having a romantic relationship with student, police say."

It might be a shocking headline, but it's sadly not a rare one. Texas leads all other states in the number of cases of teachers charged with or found guilty of inappropriate sexual relationships with students.

SAN ANTONIO  — A jury has found an Air Force sergeant guilty of twice raping a recruit he was training two decades ago at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland.

The San Antonio Express-News reported that the jury on Thursday also found Air Force Master Sgt. Michael Silva guilty in a February 2007 rape of a woman, another member of the military, in Wyoming. During sentencing, he could get up to life in prison without parole.

AUSTIN — Three men on the state’s list of 10 most-wanted sex offenders have been taken into custody over a two-day period.

The Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday announced that one of the men, 57-year-old Charles Leon Carr, was found in Vera Cruz, Mexico, by authorities acting on a tip. He was deported to Texas on Thursday. Carr was wanted on charges that include failure to register as a sex offender.

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