Ft. Campbell sex assault response manager arrested in domestic dispute
May 16, 2013 07:08 PM
FORT CAMPBELL, Ky -
Army officials reported that the manager of the sexual assault response program at Fort Campbell has been arrested in a domestic dispute and relieved of his post.
Lt. Col. Darin Haas turned himself in to police late Wednesday on charges of violating an order of protection and stalking.
A spokesman for the post on the Tennessee-Kentucky line say Haas was immediately removed as manager of a program meant to prevent sexual harassment and assault and encourage equal opportunity.
Master Sgt. Pete Mayes said Haas and his ex-wife have orders of protection against each other.
Sgt. Chuck Gill with Clarksville police said Haas' ex-wife reported that he repeatedly contacted her Wednesday night despite the order.
Allegations of sexual assault in the military have triggered outrage from local commanders to Capitol Hill and the Oval Office.
In a statement, Fort Campbell said:
"The case involving Lt. Col. Darin Haas is under investigation by the Clarksville Police Department and the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office. From our understanding, Lt. Col. Haas is in a conflict with his ex-wife based on a contentious divorce, and both have mutual orders of protection against each other. The ongoing investigation is to determine whether or not he violated the actual provisions of the Order of Protection that applies to him."
The statement continues:
"Based on these allegations, Lt. Col. Haas was immediately removed from his position as the Fort Campbell Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention/Equal Opportunity program manager. He is pending retirement from the Army, and his replacement will assume duties immediately. Because the investigation is being conducted by a civilian law enforcement agency, Fort Campbell is not the lead investigative agency for this case and will await the results of civilian court proceedings before taking action."
Haas bonded out of the Montgomery County jail Thursday morning.