The harassment was not by the soldier who allegedly murdered her, a overview mentioned.
A protracted-awaited U.S. Military investigation launched Friday has decided that murdered Spc. Vanessa Guillen was sexually harassed by a supervisor, as her household had claimed, and that the leaders in her unit at Fort Hood, Texas, didn’t take applicable motion after she stepped ahead.
Twenty-one troopers have been reprimanded or disciplined because of the investigation that additionally discovered that the incidents of harassment weren’t associated to Guillen’s homicide and weren’t carried out by the guy soldier who’s alleged to have murdered her in 2020.
The command investigation, identified by the Military regulation 15-6, decided that Guillen was sexually harassed on two events by considered one of her supervisors.
“Whereas the investigating officer did discover proof of sexual harassment and mistreatment towards SPC Guillen, after analyzing all of the proof and witness statements, he decided that these incidents weren’t associated to her homicide,” mentioned the report.
Authorities have mentioned Military Spc. Aaron Robinson is believed to have murdered Guillen on April 22, 2020, the day that her disappearance triggered a big seek for her on the bottom. Robinson died by suicide on June 30, as police closed in on him as the principle suspect in her disappearance and homicide.
The investigation doesn’t present a possible motive for Guillen’s homicide and raises much more questions because it discovered “no credible proof to conclude Spc. Robinson sexually harassed Spc. Guillén or that they’d any relationship exterior of their work setting, solely that he had a piece relationship with Guillen.”
Investigators decided that Robinson had not sexually harassed Guillen, however that he had harassed one other feminine enlisted soldier the earlier 12 months.
Guillen’s household has maintained that she had advised them she had been sexually harassed by a supervisor and had tied the incident to her homicide.
The allegations led to a reckoning throughout the army neighborhood that led to present and former members of the army to step ahead with their very own experiences as victims of sexual assault and sexual harassment.
Throughout the summer season of 2019 considered one of Guillen’s supervisors made “an inappropriate sexual remark in Spanish which SPC Guillén translated as a solicitation for her to take part in a ‘threesome’,” in response to the investigation.
After these feedback one other supervisor “observed a marked change in her demeanor, which prompted the supervisor to ask if she was okay,” mentioned the report. “It was then that SPC Guillen reported the incident to her supervisor and one other Soldier.”
“Between 16 September 2019 and 9 October 2019, two Troopers reported this incident to her unit management, who didn’t provoke an investigation,” mentioned the report.
The investigation decided that the supervisor who had made the feedback to Guillen “was unprofessional” after which engaged in “counterproductive behaviors” like focusing on her in entrance of friends to make “an instance out of her.”
Throughout a later area coaching train, Guillen felt “uncomfortable” after the supervisor” encountered Guillen whereas she was partaking in private hygiene by a wooden line.
Final December, the Military fired or suspended 14 officers and enlisted troopers at Fort Hood, together with two generals, following an impartial panel’s investigation into the command local weather on the base.
Six of these troopers relieved of obligation in December have been among the many 21soldiers who acquired administrative punishments because of the investigation launched on Friday.
On Friday, Military officers mentioned they weren’t at liberty to reveal the id or rank of the supervisor who had sexually harassed Guillen.