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Army General Falls in Sex Scandal

"I am truly sorry for the pain I have caused my wife and family." - Haight

“I am truly sorry for the pain I have caused my wife and family.” – Haight

A two-star Army general has been demoted to the rank of Lt. Col. because of his inappropriate sexual behavior. Maj. Gen. David Haight, married father of four adult children, was found to have engaged in a long term relationship with a woman who was not his wife, to have misused government resources while engaging in the affair, and to have had multiple sex partners.  The demotion will cost Haight $43,000 in annual retirement pay.

In November, 2015, anonymous complaints about Haight’s behavior were sent to the top U.S. general for NATO and to the Army and Defense Department Inspector Generals. Haight was counseled after these complaints were made. However, in December, 2015, more anonymous complaints were made and one included a sexually explicit photo. The Army Inspector General began an investigation in January, 2016, and Haight was fired in April, 2016. However, the reasons for his termination were not made public at that time; the reasons were reported later in USA Today.

At the time of Haight’s dismissal, he was running operations at the European Command. He had previously served as top aide to a Joint Chiefs of Staff; in that position he had access to top-secret, sensitive national security information. The investigation found that between October 2010 and November 2015, Haight used a government computer for over 800 emails with his mistress of 11 years. Many of them were sexually explicit. Haight also used a government cell phone 80 times for a total of 1,400 minutes of conversation. Additionally, he lived a “swinger” lifestyle, participating in group sex and swapping sexual partners.

Having affairs violates the Army’s code of conduct, and is especially disapproved when officers are involved. Such behavior places military personnel at risk for espionage and identifies them as potential targets for blackmail. A demotion of three grades is extremely unusual, but federal law requires officers to retire at the last pay grade at which they served satisfactorily. In Haight’s case, it implies that an investigative board decided Haight’s misconduct went back to his time as a colonel and was serious enough to warrant retirement at higher ranks unacceptable.

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