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Military vows stricter oversight after harassment case

By Ko Shu-ling  /  STAFF REPORTER

The military vowed to strengthen internal management and character education yesterday after a platoon leader was sentenced to 18 months in jail for sexually harassing one of his subordinates and is now facing another investigation on a similar charge.

Spokesman of the Reserve Command Chen Ke-nan (陳克難) said that the platoon leader, surnamed Chong (), of the 904 Brigade at the Cheng Gong Ling (成功嶺) recruitment and training center in Taichung County had inappropriate contact with one of the cadets at the center on Dec. 9 and Dec. 10.

The incident did not come to light until last February when the cadet wrote about it in one of his composition assignments.

conviction

The Reserve Command's central region command center conducted an inquiry and found the allegation to be true, Chen said.

Chong received a demerit and was transferred to a different position. He was convicted of indecent assault by the military court last month and dismissed from duty, Chen sai

He added that the Military Prosecutors' Office was investigating another similar allegation filed by a different cadet under Chong's supervision.

Chen said the military felt sorry about what had happened and had apologized to the two cadets and their families.

In addition to admonishing Chong's superintendents for poor oversight, Chen said they would strengthen internal management, education of military criminal code and character education.

Those who have encountered any difficulty or need to file a complaint are welcome to call the 24-hour 1985 hotline. They will investigate and deal with the matter accordingly, Chen said.

promotion

Chen made the remarks in response to reporters' inquiries about reports published in yesterday's editions of Chinese-language newspapers after a military promotion ceremony in Taipei.

Nine major-generals were promoted to the rank of lieutenant-general and vice admiral, and 33 colonels and captains were made major-generals and rear admirals. The promotions will take effect next month.

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