A US Army major has been accused of “forcibly kissing” at least two of their subordinates just weeks after her boss was suspended over allegations of abuse against soldiers.
Col. Megan Sullivan, 44, of the Army’s 5th Security Forces Brigade, is under investigation, reports Military.com.
She allegedly kissed one man, wooed another man without his consent, and harassed others.
Two sources close to the investigation said Military.com Some of the accidents are alcohol related.
It is unclear if Sullivan has been suspended. Military spokesman Staff Sergeant Adrian Patoca said the Army “has no information on this matter that we can share at this time.”
The revelation comes just weeks after its chief, Col. Jonathan Chung, was suspended from duty over allegations of ill-treatment and counterproductive leadership. He was accused of subjecting his subordinates to minor infractions and of micromanaging his team.
Col. Megan Sullivan, 44, of the Army’s 5th Security Forces Assistance Brigade, (left) has been charged with forcibly kissing one man and grabbing another man under the belt without his consent, as well as engaging in a pattern of sexual harassment.
Sullivan has been in the military for more than 20 years. Two sources close to the investigation told Military.com that some of the incidents involved alcohol use
According to her Facebook page, Colonel Sullivan is a native of North Carolina and a graduate of George Washington University
Male sexual assault victims make up just 10 percent of all claims in the US military, an average of 14,000 cases annually, according to 2021 data from the Department of Defense.
Sullivan became the first woman to lead an SFAB battalion, according to the Army, which took over in June 2021. The units were created in 2017 and identified by brown berets with the “adviser” tab.
Those in the SFAB help train and work with partner countries, according to Military.com.
At the time of her promotion, she was called a “Formidable Engineer” and her achievement was listed as “another example of the great talent residing in our lineup” by the Army.
“As a senior advisor, she will also be a great example of the power of inclusion as she engages with militaries throughout the Indo-Pacific region,” Major General Scott Jackson said at the time.
Sullivan, who has been in the military for more than 20 years, said she was “excited” to take on the role and “for young women to see that you can look and act differently and be successful.”
The revelation comes just weeks after its chief, Col. Jonathan Chung (pictured), was suspended over allegations of mistreatment and ineffective driving.
Recently, the military came under fire after it was revealed that a soldier was found dead at Fort Bragg.
Seven North Carolina troopers, who camped with a paratrooper at Fort Bragg, whose partial remains were found along the coast in 2020, are facing courts-martial on charges of conspiracy.
Specialist Enrique Roman Martinez Eight was last seen by the seven other Soldiers assigned to the 37th Engineer Battalion, 2nd Brigade Combat Team, 82nd Airborne Division as they descended on Cape Lookout National Seashore in North Carolina over Memorial Day weekend on May 22, 2020.
Roman Martinez’s severed head was washed six days later, but his body never recovered. The manner of his death is listed as homicide, but no one has been charged with his murder.
Court records said seven soldiers were the last to see Roman Martinez alive and are all charged with conspiracy and failure to comply with a direct order or regulation related to travel during the travel ban, the Fayetteville Observer reported.
Recently, the military came under fire after it was revealed that Private Enrique Roman Martinez Eight was found dead at Fort Bragg.
Citing court documents, the soldiers identified by the paper are: Specials Juan Avila, Alex R. Becerra, Joshua L. Curry, and Benjamin E. Sibley, as well as Privates Annamarie L. Kochel, and Private Samad A. Oh Moore.
Becerra, Kuchel and Landrum all told investigators they left the island at 3 a.m. on May 22, 2020, on a ferry in Davis, North Carolina, but overlooked the presence of a fourth soldier, according to the indictments.
It was not clear if the fourth soldier was Roman Martinez.
In addition, Becerra, Landrum, and Cochell are facing other charges such as using LSD, disobeying the president, or making false statements. Officials said the charges were unrelated to Roman Martinez’s death.
All seven have been tried and their trials are scheduled to begin from May to September.