Retired Air Force Gen. Arthur Lichte was demoted two stars and docked in retirement pay after an investigation determined he engaged in sexual misconduct, reported the Air Force Times.
Lichte was bumped down from a four-star general to a major general. He was assistant vice chief of staff and air staff director in the Pentagon when investigators found he had "inappropriate sexual acts with a subordinate" twice in 2007 while on duty.
Lichte retired Jan. 1, 2010, after more than 38 years of active duty service, but an investigation into the incident was launched by the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in 2016 after the victim filed a report, said the Air Force.
Secretary of Defense James Mattis withdrew Lichte's certification of satisfactory service on Monday and USA Today said the Air Force docked Lichte about $60,000 per year in pension payments, cutting his retirement pay from $216,000 to $156,000.
"The Air Force takes all allegations of inappropriate conduct very seriously," said acting Air Force Secretary Lisa S. Disbrow. "We expect our leaders to uphold the highest standards of behavior. These standards and rules underpin good order and discipline. Airmen at every level are held accountable."
USA Today said then-Air Force secretary Deborah James slammed Lichte in a letter of reprimand in December, charging that he put the victim "in a position in which she could have believed that she had no choice but to engage in these sex acts given your far superior grade, position, and significant ability to affect her career."
James also suggested in the letter that the married Lichte would have been court-martialed for his actions if the five-year statute of limitations had not lapsed.
Larry Younger, Lichte's attorney, said the general plans on appealing the decision.
"My client did not commit a sexual assault and vehemently denies the unsworn allegations made against him regarding consensual events that happened over eight years ago," said Younger, per USA Today.
Lichte is the last in the growing list of military officers caught is sexual scandals, noted USA Today. Army Maj. Gen. David Haight, nicknamed the "swinging general," was stripped three ranks while the Army also fired National Guard Brig. Gen. Michael Bobeck, a staff member for the Joint Chiefs of Staff, for carrying on an extramarital affair,
The Pentagon inspector general also found that Army Lt. Gen. Ron Lewis, the top military aide to then-Defense Secretary Ash Carter, put strip-club tabs on his government credit card, got drunk and had "improper interactions with females," said USA Today.
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