Tue, Jul 17, 2012 - Page 3 News List

General retires after being accused of sexual harassment

By Rich Chang  /  Staff reporter

An army major general retired suddenly yesterday after being accused of sexually harassing a female member of the armed forces.

Commander of the Sixth Army Corps Lieutenant-General Chou Yu-shu (朱玉書) said the corps’ Chief of General Staff Major General Chen Sheng (陳昇), 52, had applied for retirement and left the military yesterday.

Chu said a female colleague of Chen’s had accused the general of inappropriately touching her.

Chen had been disciplined for violating military regulations on sexual conduct before retiring, the commander said.

The Chinese-language Apple Daily reported yesterday that Chen was suspected of having groped a female colleague and touched her waist in his office.

The woman cried in view of other colleagues after leaving Chen’s office.

With her colleagues’ support, the woman filed a letter of complaint against Chen on July 5, the newspaper said. Chou said the employee said she would not file a lawsuit against Chen, but hoped the corps could deal with the matter appropriately.

The commander said Chen had admitted he had touched the woman inappropriately, but said he had done so because he had feelings for her.

Local media yesterday questioned the corps’ decision to not refer the matter to the corps’ sexual abuse committee for a full investigation, but to allow Chen to step down and receive all the benefits of a retired major general.

Chou said that because the female employee refused to appear before the committee for questioning, the corps decided to deal with the matter through an administrative investigation instead.

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