Head of Army War College Under Investigation for “Allegation of Inappropriate Touching”

Army War College Commandant Maj. Gen. Stephen Maranian – suspended earlier this month – is being investigated for abusive sexual contact with an Army civilian, Task & Purpose reported.

Maj. Gen. Stephen Maranian

The U.S. Army Criminal Investigative Command are investigating the case, said Col. Cathy Wilkinson, chief of Army media relations.

“These are allegations at this time and MG Maranian is presumed innocent until and if proven otherwise,” Wilkinson said.

A military protective order was issued against Maranian on Feb. 9, the day his suspension was announced. The announcement statement had stated that the matter was “unrelated to his current position.”

A December report had described how military base Fort Hood, Texas, had failed to hold people accountable for actions such as sexual harassment and assault.

“I’ve been sexually harassed by junior enlisted soldiers and by field grade officers alike,” a female Army officer told Task & Purpose. “If senior leaders read this report and still think this is a squad-level problem, they don’t understand their own peers or what’s happening in our units.”