Fort Riley investigating sexual assault reported by soldier

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FORT RILEY, Kan. (KSNT) – Investigators are looking into a report of sexual assault at Fort Riley.

Officials at the U.S. Army installation said Wednesday night that a female soldier has accused someone of sexually assaulting them while they were assigned to Fort Riley. They are not naming the soldier or the accused out of concern for privacy.

“We are aware of allegations of sexual assault made by a soldier assigned to Fort Riley. We will use every available resource to care for the soldier and to investigate any and all reports of assault. Sexual assault is an egregious violation, and we always take every allegation seriously. Out of concern for privacy, we are not making the soldier’s identity public.”

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Lieutenant Colonel Terrence M. Kelly, director of public affairs at the post, said there were also allegations of mistreatment in addition to the sexual assault reported.

“First, Fort Riley would like to thank all concerned parties for the continued support for our Soldiers.  This shared love and concern for soldier well-being and for our Military is both much appreciated and why we are proud to serve our country.

Fort Riley officials are currently investigating sexual assault allegations made by a soldier assigned to the Fort Riley Soldier Recovery Unit. The allegations of sexual assault are currently under investigation by the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Division. We are also aware of numerous allegations of mistreatment which are also under investigation. In order to ensure the best possible care for the soldier, senior Fort Riley leaders have ensured the soldier has access to the health care and services from both the military medical system and the local civilian medical system.  Additionally, we are in contact with her immediate family but in many instances those discussions are limited by health and privacy laws.”

Lieutenant Colonel Terrence M. Kelly, Director of Public Affairs

The original investigation announcement on Fort Riley’s social media disappeared Thursday night. In an update sent to KSNT News, Kelly explained the reason for the deleted post.

“Last night, we made our initial post with the intention of balancing transparency and respect for the individual soldier’s privacy. While we understand the individual has self-identified elsewhere online, we still have a duty to protect their privacy on our social media. When it seemed apparent that others were going to identify the individual on our social media, we decided to delete the post.”

Lieutenant Colonel Terrence M. Kelly, Director of Public Affairs

This is a developing story.

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