U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, the American soldier held captive by the Taliban and released last year, was recently investigated for sexual harassment, Texas TV station KENS5 reported exclusively on Thursday. Bergdahl was reportedly cleared after the probe, which took place at Fort Sam Houston in San Antonio.
BREAKING Army confirms to @barrydavistv Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl investigated, cleared in sexual harassment probe at Ft. Sam Houston this year
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After an investigation, Bergdahl and the female soldier met to discuss the situation. The allegations were declared a misunderstanding, KENS5 reported.
Lt. Col. Tim Beninato, a spokesman for Army North, provided the following statement to KENS5:
The Army takes any allegation of Soldier misconduct very seriously. When a complaint is made by or against a Soldier, commanders promptly review the matter and take appropriate action. Our command looked into an allegation back in February, determined that no disciplinary action was warranted, and promptly addressed it with the Soldiers involved. Since February, no further issues have been brought to the attention of this command.
The Army gave Bergdahl a desk job at Fort Sam Houston last summer after the U.S. traded five Guantanamo Bay prisoners for his release, CNN reported. The soldier has been charged with desertion and misbehavior before the enemy for leaving his base in Afghanistan in 2009, the circumstances of which are still unclear. He faces life in prison, and his trial is due to start in July.
Calls to the Army's public affairs offices in Washington and at Fort Sam Houston were not returned Thursday evening.