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Major Gen. Ronald Lewis Demoted in Retirement

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Former U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Ronald F. Lewis was found guilty of "improper conduct," and he was demoted in retirement. (Photo by Paul Morigi/Getty Images for TIME)
 

By    |   Friday, 10 Feb 2017 05:40 PM

Former United States Army Major Gen. Ronald Lewis was demoted to a one-star, or brigadier, general for his retirement because of improper conduct on multiple occasions, a Department of Defense investigation has found.

Lewis was a senior military assistant to then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter when it was discovered that he had used his government credit card to pay for strip club visits — to clubs frequented by prostitutes — in Seoul, South Korea, and Rome, Italy, according to the Chicago Tribune.

The investigation also revealed that Lewis drank excessively and had “improper interactions” with women while traveling with Carter. The report stated that Lewis tried to have inappropriate relationships with female subordinates and drank in front of junior officers, NBC News reported.

“I expect the highest possible standards of conduct from the men and women of this department particularly those serving in the most senior positions,” Carter said in a statement, NBC News reported. “There is no exception.”

Along with the demotion, Lewis will lose part of his pension, though he will still retire with $80,000 a year to start, the Army Times reported.

Lewis was also reprimanded by Army Vice Chief of Staff Gen. Dan Allyn, Army Times said.

Lewis rebutted the investigation in writing, saying that the inspector general’s case was “inaccurate,” “inflammatory,” and “based on innuendo,” and had failed to “find the truth,” Army Times reported.

After using his government card at the strip club in Seoul, Lewis claimed that he reported the card missing and Citibank reversed the charges. He also claimed he was forced to use the government card in Rome only after his personal card was denied but repaid the charges upon his return to the U.S., according to NBC News.

Lewis served in both Afghanistan and Iraq under President Obama.

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Former United States Army Major Gen. Ronald Lewis was demoted to a one-star, or brigadier, general for his retirement because of improper conduct on multiple occasions, a Department of Defense investigation has found.
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