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Military files detail spate of leader misconduct

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WASHINGTON — Brigadier General Bryan T. Roberts publicly warned his troops at Fort Jackson, S.C., last spring that he and the Army had “zero tolerance for sexual harassment and sexual assault.” Here’s what the Army didn’t tell the soldiers: At the time, Roberts was under investigation by the military over allegations that he physically assaulted one of his mistresses on multiple occasions.

Martin P. Schweitzer, a commander with the Army’s legendary 82d Airborne Division, was respectful and polite when he met a female member of Congress to discuss matters at Fort Bragg, N.C. Afterward, however, he couldn’t resist tapping out e-mails to two other generals, describing the lawmaker, Representative Renee Ellmers, Republican of North Carolina, as “smoking hot” and jokingly referring to explicit sexual acts.

The embarrassing episodes are described in previously undisclosed files of military investigations into personal misconduct by US generals and admirals. Along with about two dozen other cases obtained by the Washington Post under the Freedom of Information Act, the investigations add to a litany of revelations about misbehaving brass that have dogged the Pentagon over the past 15 months and tarnished the reputation of US military leadership.

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