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Aberdeen general to retire over alleged affair

June 3, 1997
Web posted at: 3:12 p.m. EDT (1912 GMT)
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WASHINGTON (CNN) -- The two-star Army general in charge of the sexual misconduct courts-martial of soldiers at the Army's now-notorious Aberdeen Proving Ground in Maryland has decided to retire rather than face possible adultery charges himself.

Maj. Gen. John Longhouser, commander of the Aberdeen base and convening authority in the courts-martial there, was confronted by Army investigators about a tip received on the Army's sexual harassment hot line. Longhouser opted to retire from the Army when investigators raised the issue of an alleged affair with a civilian five years ago while he was separated from his wife.

Defense Secretary William Cohen said Tuesday Longhouser's early retirement shows that the military is "dealing with the issue in a very proactive and open fashion." Longhouser is a West Point graduate and a decorated veteran of the Vietnam War.

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