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Retired Army general accused of sexual misconduct

Hale March 27, 1998
Web posted at: 9:15 a.m. EST (1415 GMT)

WASHINGTON (CNN) -- A U.S. Army major general who recently retired is being accused of coercing sex from the civilian wife of an Army colonel formerly under the major general's command.

Maj. Gen. David Hale was the deputy inspector general of the U.S. Army when he retired on February 28, just months after he left a post in Turkey to accept the Pentagon position.

Sources tell CNN that Hale's retirement has angered his accuser, but because he is still subject to military law, his retirement makes little difference in holding him accountable for any misdeeds.

Hale's accuser, Donnamaria Carpino, gave a sworn statement to investigators alleging Hale used threats to coerce sex from her on 20 to 30 occasions over a four-month period while Carpino and her husband were living in Turkey, Carpino's attorney, Charles Gittins, told CNN.

Carpino further claims that Hale threatened physical harm to both her and her child, and that he threatened to have her declared an unfit mother and have her child taken away from her, Gittins said.

Hale has denied the allegations.

The investigation is being handled by the Department of Defense inspector general, rather than the Army's inspector general because of the obvious conflict of interest.

Officials, speaking on condition of anonymity, told CNN that the military was "not aware of any substantiated allegations that would preclude his retirement" at the time Hale asked to retire from the Army.

Gittins defended former Sergeant Major of the Army Gene McKinney in his sexual misconduct case. Gittins said the case against Hale demonstrates "a double standard" in the Army where there is "one system for the enlisted personnel and another for general officers."


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