Army suspends general due to allegations of misconduct
Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts was relieved of his duties Tuesday.
May 21st, 2013
06:59 PM ET

Army suspends general due to allegations of misconduct

By Barbara Starr

The Army has suspended the top general at Fort Jackson in South Carolina due to allegations of adultery and assault, an Army spokesman says.

Brig. Gen. Bryan Roberts was relieved of his duties Tuesday as commanding general of the Army training center and Fort Jackson while the allegations are being investigated, said spokesman Harvey Perritt of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Roberts was suspended by Gen. Robert Cone, head of the U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command.

Fort Jackson, where Roberts was the senior commander, is where most new Army recruits go through basic training, which includes training about sexual assault prevention.

This is the latest in a series of cases involving senior military officers accused of misconduct and comes at a time when President Barack Obama and Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel have suggested a sexual assault crisis is risking the military's ability to conduct its mission.

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  1. A. Nonymous

    With all that goes on, it seems that a picture of planned decay is developing. As nice and simple as it would be to believe that the military is nothing but a group of rapists: the story rings like sodomizing catholic priests. In other words, it looks just like another propaganda attack to destroy morale, cause dissention, and degrade. The real question is: what are the writers of this propaganda offering us in exchange? An IRS that targets conservatives?

    May 22, 2013 at 5:17 pm | Reply
    • George Patton-2

      Another naive comment from another anti-intellectual Tea Partier.

      May 22, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Reply
  2. Steve, New York City

    These stories make me sick to my stomach.
    Rape is an outrageous crime. Rapes in the military are even more outrageous and an incredible disgrace. Who do these guys think they are? They should be jailed for a long time . . .. and maybe it would serve them right if they got a taste of their own medicine behind prison walls.

    May 22, 2013 at 1:35 pm | Reply
    • Travis

      Excellent post, Steve. I couldn't have said it better!

      May 22, 2013 at 2:16 pm | Reply
      • wjmccartan

        Thank you both, Travis and Steve. You guys nailed it good!

        May 22, 2013 at 2:25 pm |
  3. Jeff O'Dette

    Haliburton sure makes alot of MONEY.

    May 22, 2013 at 10:50 am | Reply
  4. RangerRev

    As a former Ranger and officer in the military it grieves me to see the recent spate of assault incidents. However, the U.S. military is a cadre of professionals who will police themselves, as the Commander of TRADOC has initiated with the relief of Gen Roberts. Be assured, those guilty of abuse rarely get off with minimal penalty in the military. We should be grateful to live in a country where abuse is brought to light and the guilty are punished.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:45 am | Reply
    • Andrew

      Police themselves after a general, public outcry, apparently. 26k assaults per year and less than 1% conviction. yeah, sounds good.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:54 am | Reply
      • Goodguy6410

        Excellent response.

        May 22, 2013 at 11:16 am |
      • Steve, New York City

        I think that you have plenty of good people in the military like RangerRev . . .even so, I'm afraid that Andrew is correct!!

        May 22, 2013 at 1:37 pm |
      • Larry L

        Our Army has endured 11 years of war and only 1% of Americans can call themselves veterans. Most career Soldiers had been deployed about half that time and divorces are common. Some hardly know their kids. Still, we enforce much higher ethical standards than the civilian population, the Congress, and a good portion of the clergy. However, we are worn out and it shows – these sort of moral and ethical violations are symptoms. As we hear politicians calling for intervention in civil wars across the globe we should either reinstate the military draft (with no exceptions for gender or college) or tell those hawks to STFU.

        May 22, 2013 at 3:34 pm |
  5. htonamie

    this is not news...this is the mentality that continues to exist within the military industrial complex. Rather than dealing with these individuals and sending a clear message, by discharging and prosecutiing these people, the military leadership continues to enforce more training videos and classes, which are obviously ineffective. These folks should not allowed to retire, they need to be discharged. It appears that these folks will continue to engage in this type of behavior until there is some significant cost, money will usually do it. Not only should these individuals be penalized, but also the other indivduals who are complicit in creating the type of environment that allows this type of behavior to persist...these are the leaders who fail to take immediate action as well as other individuals who create the type of environment that not only fosters this type of environment, but sometimes even creates it. If these people are the military's best and brightest, remedial training is obviously not the answer. The next step needs to be a discharge, regardless of grade.

    May 22, 2013 at 8:13 am | Reply
  6. LifeTeamFlyer

    This is the reason good soldiers want to get the blank out. Poor leaders who think they can do what ever they want. Unfortunately nothing will happen cause the people at the top will just slap him on the hand and send him to a desk job somewhere.

    May 22, 2013 at 7:20 am | Reply
    • harley

      All right I'll agree with the statement to a point but add some good soldiers that think they're good get out and decide to blame the military for their own failures instead of taking personal responsibility.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:01 am | Reply
  7. ipmutt

    Obama has completely screwed up the military. One scandal after another

    May 22, 2013 at 6:34 am | Reply
    • GOP is still garbage"

      @ipmutt,

      Your comment is so played out that I know why CNN let it slide....to entertain the simple minds (i.e. birthers and bigots)

      May 22, 2013 at 7:17 am | Reply
      • smitvict

        Typical liberal comment. From a simple mind.

        May 22, 2013 at 7:22 am |
    • move_on

      I take it that your recipe is to handle it the old fashion way: let the victims suffer and the perpetrators prosper? The recent scandals have been self inflicted by individuals who think different rules apply to them than everyone else.

      May 22, 2013 at 7:22 am | Reply
    • Bill Roberts

      The military was screwed up when President Obama took over from GWB. After two concurrent wars, one totally unnecessary, which put the US deeply in debt he can only reduce spending money the US doesn't have, he has no other option. The moral problems was created by rushing women into military position they were not suited for. Mixing men and women in the military is a bad idea.

      May 22, 2013 at 7:32 am | Reply
    • drivennail

      Right.... the general looks like a liberal democrat....not!

      May 22, 2013 at 8:00 am | Reply
    • Norm

      Makes you wonder what a hard core Conservative is doing here at CNN.
      I think we all know the answer to that.
      Is that a "typical Liberal response" to a typical conservative hate comment?

      May 22, 2013 at 8:11 am | Reply
    • Norm

      I bet this conservative liar and adulterer didn't vote for Obama.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:13 am | Reply
    • Armysolder83

      Obama has nothing to do with what these Officers are doing in the Military. When Bush was in the White House, it was worst. But the Leadership from the top, Generals that is must start doing the right thing, and LEAD.

      May 22, 2013 at 9:52 am | Reply
    • Larry L

      I've been retired for about two years – after 34 years of active duty. President Obama was clearly the top CINC I served under throughout that time period – with George H.W. Bush coming in second and Bill Clinton third. The President listens to his Joint Chiefs, leverages technology to save Soldier's lives, and uses intelligence data with widsom and maturity. George W. Bush was a puppet to a corporate sleezeball and fellow draft-dodger Dick Cheney. "W" and Cheney should be in prison for what they did to our military – starting the Iraq War with purposefully false intelligence and no exit strategy. Over 4,500 Service-members died after Bush & Cheney declared "Mission Accomplished".

      May 22, 2013 at 3:50 pm | Reply
  8. komododr

    Hey, hey, hey--leave Bill Clinton alone. He has a back problem. The BJ he was getting was to ease his pain. Now you would want that for yourself if you have back ache won't you? The Army Reality show should feature Pat Robertson who said, "well, men do wander outside a relationship." No worries, if the Gen, is found guilty of the charges, his superiors will reverse the decision. It has happened on two other cases.

    May 22, 2013 at 1:18 am | Reply
    • Thomas A. Hawk

      komododr, those two other cases have names attached to them. Who are they? (Not saying makes it sound like you are making things up.)

      May 22, 2013 at 6:19 am | Reply
  9. Charlie Foxtrot

    Poo floats.

    May 22, 2013 at 1:18 am | Reply
  10. Anton C

    I say strip him of his pay, kick him out of the Army, cancel his generous pensions, ridicule him to his family for adultery and then we can all hang him.

    This MFer is the one who has to watch his back because his troops surely would not follow him in battle. In fact, they absolutely shoot him.

    May 22, 2013 at 1:13 am | Reply
    • Diplomad

      And you, of course, know the facts of this case . . . right?

      May 22, 2013 at 3:44 am | Reply
      • Anton C

        Where there's smoke. There's fire. That's all I'm saying.

        May 22, 2013 at 8:43 am |
    • TOSEN

      I served with him and would follow him still. He and his beautiful wife both served with distinction and were both Colonels when I served with him. If he has had a moral failure (and that has to remain IF until the investigation is over) then he should be dealt with severely. His pension and benefits for his service should only be reduced as much as Bill Clinton's were. His benefits are already being reduced by the current administration – especially the health care, just ask a retiree.

      May 22, 2013 at 8:38 am | Reply
      • Anton C

        You can still follow this guy a loss leader. His wife probably won't even follow him anymore considering what happened.

        But to other fellow soldiers under his command, they definitely abandon him or disrespect him because his lack of character. In the end, his fellow soldiers may bully and tease him as the result. A weakened leader is a death knell to his fellow troops.

        May 22, 2013 at 1:24 pm |
  11. Drew

    Wow there are a lot of wild comment and conjecture on the comments based on the spare details given. Was he on the job when this "assault" took place? Was it with the woman he is accused of having an affair with? Many, many civilians have affairs without it ending their careers. Many get in fights both at work and outside of work as well. The only objective I can see from publishing this is to convict him in the court of public opinion before any real details emerge or is this just one journalist attempt to paint the whole military in a negative light by starting a story but not providing enough details for any logical person to make a conclusion other than the piece was published before it had value.

    May 22, 2013 at 1:01 am | Reply
    • Watching You

      Military Personel ar ALWAYS on duty. Both in and out of uniform.

      May 22, 2013 at 2:49 am | Reply
    • simba

      The UCMJ, by which all military personnel must abide is very different from laws which govern civilian life. In the military, adultery is a crime. I have seen Seargent Majors (the highet enlisted rank in the USMC) reduced to the rank of corporal for having relations outside of their marriage. Military life and civilian life are two very different things.

      May 22, 2013 at 5:37 am | Reply
    • Helen

      Civilian DoD employees are not covered by the Uniform Code of Military Justice. The military has gotten more and more political over the years, as evidenced by General Petraeus and tend to forget they are under the UCMJ and moral values matter under the UMCJ.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:47 am | Reply
    • Goodguy6410

      The military, especially officers, especially SENIOR officers are supposed to lead by example. They are supposed to be beyond reproach. Not perfect, but setting an example for others to follow. Modern day "knights". When a knight abuses his authority, defies morality and arrogantly let's his arrogance and the inability to keep it in his pants get in the way, as many of them do these days, there is no wonder why we have a culture of fear and intimidation in the military. Female enlisted and officers both in fear of who is going to hurt them next. All the while, we as taxpayers, pay for these deviants to wear the uniform. THAT is what this is about.

      May 22, 2013 at 7:31 am | Reply
  12. TheBob

    General suspended above alligators. Now that would be a story.

    May 21, 2013 at 11:55 pm | Reply
  13. WJR

    The Army has a terrible leadership problem with some of the General Officers. This individual should be court martialed, and demoted if he in fact committed the offenses that he is charged with. The Senior Leadership in all the Services are dealing with incompetent poor Senior Leaders. There is definitely a leadership problem primarily at the General Officer level in the Army, (Perfumed Princes). No one in the Senior Ranks wants to relieve General Officers. However, in Corporate America in which all the Generals want to mimic, something like this would be handled in one day. He would be fired, and told not to come back to work. Unfortunately that cannot happen that quickly in the military. The Senior leadership needs to straighten this out. This is what our young men and women look up to in the Services. Poor leadership, poor ethics, incompetence.

    May 21, 2013 at 11:53 pm | Reply
    • Jomama

      Seems to be a lot of unwritten rules in Military society. Military does promote separation of rank which is understandable, abuse of rank has always been a problem. When I mean abuse, I mean from little things no one pays attention to, to larger things people turn a blind eye to. I would like to wait to see the facts on this particular problem.

      May 22, 2013 at 6:59 am | Reply
      • Jomama

        This should have been kept under wraps until the facts could be proven then put the story out.

        May 22, 2013 at 7:11 am |
  14. rad666

    Good topic for the Army's new reality show.

    May 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm | Reply
  15. lui xi ung

    This is a case of a general being led by his private

    May 21, 2013 at 10:15 pm | Reply
    • Reggie from LA

      That's a good one, there. Unfortunate, but a good one!

      May 21, 2013 at 11:15 pm | Reply
  16. jj

    Army Strong really means Army Dead. Now add to that Army Raped.

    May 21, 2013 at 9:25 pm | Reply
  17. phoenix86

    Adultery and assault? Wasn't that Bill Clinton's area of expertise?

    May 21, 2013 at 9:15 pm | Reply
    • jj

      Nope. Great blowjöbs and teflon suits, as well as frustrating as many repuke loozers as possible. :)

      May 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Reply
    • Alan DeGolmon

      @phoenix86,

      Wrong. There was never an assault case against Clinton.

      Also, he wasn't impeached because he committed adultery. He was impeached because he lied about it. The Republicans said it, so it must be true.

      May 21, 2013 at 9:26 pm | Reply
    • Carpe Diem

      If the General had had an affair with a MAN you Americans wouldn't have batted an eye. UGH! BUT the thought of sleeping with a WOMAN and you're all having hissy fits.
      America........ land of the hypocrites. Phtttt!

      May 21, 2013 at 10:05 pm | Reply
      • S Roberts

        What part of "rape" do you equate as "sleeping with?"

        May 21, 2013 at 10:35 pm |
      • Scratchee

        S Roberts, who said anything about rape? He is not accused of rape.

        May 22, 2013 at 12:16 am |
      • Dubhly

        actually where does it say it was with a women? just says allegations of adultery and assault, no details past that.

        May 22, 2013 at 6:01 am |
  18. Smargalicious

    test

    May 21, 2013 at 9:03 pm | Reply
  19. Trollasaurus Rex

    LEADERSHIP BY EXAMPLE! :D

    May 21, 2013 at 8:33 pm | Reply
  20. wes

    he must have had a whistle to blow.

    May 21, 2013 at 8:15 pm | Reply
  21. DAL

    Fort Jackson is the worst coed BCT. I was there in last fall (I became ill/injured and was discharged). That boot camp has MAJOR issues in its chain of command- stuff happened to recruits that should never have happened.

    May 21, 2013 at 8:10 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      You failed out of basic and I'm supposed to put stock in anything you say? I don't think so.

      May 21, 2013 at 10:51 pm | Reply
      • DAL

        Sorry you feel that way....

        May 21, 2013 at 11:32 pm |
      • DAL

        Sorry you feel that way.... Guess that means I don't have to "take stock in any comment" you make.

        May 21, 2013 at 11:34 pm |
  22. nuclear mike

    Hoooorah! The ALL Volunteer Army is working from top to bottom to ensure our freedoms remain...except those who will do as they please from their position of trust & power....
    We need to imprison one general officer for life to get the message across that "Freedom ain't free and there is no more room at the top for this failure of leadership"...except the Commander-in-Chief otherwise known as President Obama!
    An Army of Bullies is what this volunteer Army has given us.
    Just imagine what it would be like if President Obama turned loose the military on us civilians!!!

    May 21, 2013 at 8:08 pm | Reply
    • Alan DeGolmon

      Except that he didn't turn the Army loose on us, and won't. Why should he? He lives in reality, not the fantasy of the Big Bad Government sending its troops against its own people. We left that behind with Ruby Ridge, when George H. W. Bush sent the FBI snipers after a woman and her infant in a cabin in the woods.

      May 21, 2013 at 9:29 pm | Reply
      • Carpe Diem

        Have you READ NDAA from start to finish? I suggest you do.

        May 21, 2013 at 10:02 pm |
      • BKQ

        Clinton and Janet Reno to be precise.

        May 21, 2013 at 11:47 pm |
      • Stompy

        .. and I'm sure it will never ever happen again..

        May 22, 2013 at 1:14 am |
  23. Quigley

    I suppose that a lot of ignoramuses are going to take up for this bozo here, too!

    May 21, 2013 at 7:45 pm | Reply
  24. CRC

    They need to start at the top and clean house, General Petraeus and now this General – just because they are Generals they shouldn't get any special treatment – and they shouldn't be allowed to retire and draw all that money for the rest of their lifes – if they can't lead by example – they don't deserve to get paid

    May 21, 2013 at 7:44 pm | Reply
    • wes

      Petraeus was fired from being the Director of the CIA not as a General in the army. Of course you know nothing about his great career and the sacrifices that he made so that you can remain an ignorant petty American.

      May 21, 2013 at 8:21 pm | Reply
      • Trollasaurus Rex

        Were you intimate with him? You seem rather miffed.

        May 21, 2013 at 8:36 pm |
      • Carpe Diem

        C'MON he jumped before he was pushed because he KNEW about Benghazi. But I do agree with you that he was a good man and dedicated soldier.

        May 21, 2013 at 10:00 pm |
  25. cbr

    This is not some new behavior by some in the military. There have been problems for years but no one addressed this behavior. It was overlooked so often. Times have changed and until every member of the military realizes that his behavior will not be tolerated there will be accusations and there will be commanders and others who will be relieved of their duties.

    How we treat each other does reflect is important Our allies and friends will be watching and we have the ability to change the way we command our troops and treat our troops every day. We need each other every day or we will not be successful in our missions.

    May 21, 2013 at 7:42 pm | Reply

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