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Pentagon launches Catch program to identify serial sex offenders in the military

[stripes.com – 8/5/19]

WASHINGTON — The Pentagon has launched a new program that aims to find serial sex offenders in the military by compiling information into a database submitted by sexual-assault survivors.

The program, called Catch a Serial Offender, or Catch, allows survivors of sexual assault who are submitting a restricted report to provide information confidentially about the sexual assault incident as well as the accused offender to military investigators so they can try to identify serial offenders, according to the Pentagon announcement released Monday.

The program was first announced in May by former Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan in a memo about the Defense Department’s actions to address and prevent sexual assault in the military. It came after the release of the Fiscal Year 2018 Annual Report on Sexual Assault in the Military, which found sexual assaults against female troops have increased by 44% since 2016.

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Pentagon needs help to ‘CATCH’ serial sex offenders [connectingvets.radio.com – 8/5/19]

 

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Look at some illegal images on the computer that somebody posts on the internet and in short you will have a dozen agents fully armed ripping your door down and taking you away. Post a 20 page manifesto of your diabolical plan to shoot innocent people, that along with selfies on FB of you holding guns and you will mysteriously go unnoticed by the feds. Too bad they government can’t put the same resources to help curtail the real crisis in our face as it does in the witch hunt for those elusive predators that are everywhere.

@Eric As I reported here recently with an article from Reason.com that DOD was the largest USG entity viwer of CP, the respective investigative military services would be best served looking in the mirror and inside their own to ensure they are doing the best to stem the tide that the FBI puts out there but won’t admit to it. A self-licking USG ice cream cone there… Of course, they won’t stop the USN from pulling into Pattaya Beach, Thailand either like they did not stop the USN, USMC, and USAF from visiting Olongapo City in the PI back in… Read more »

Wanna bet that it will take only one accusation to get someone labeled a Serial Sex Offender?

@Mike G

In the US Military, anything is possible like that even though it does not make sense mathematically.

And I’m sure there is a procedure to weed out false claims as well. [/sarc]

+1 @Dustin’s comment and snark….

When there is one that is weeded out, you will never hear of it anyway….it is counterproductive.

“A restricted report is for servicemembers, as well as their adult dependents, who want to report a sexual assault without having to initiate a law enforcement investigation or notify their command. … A survivor can change their restricted report to unrestricted to start an investigation.”
During the Middle Ages, this was accomplished with a hole in the side of the church, for people to slip notes.

“The Catch system is operated by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service…”
Coming to a TV episode soon.

So when does the “accused” get some say in all of this. Just to play devil’s advocate for a moment, there seems to be a lot of sexual encounters in the news lately that start out consensual and then for whatever reasons, guilt, regret, etc., end up with one party accusing the other of sexual assault. Only those two parties actually know what took place. In this case the Pentagon seems already poised to label those reporting assaults as “the victims” and those accused as “serial offenders” before anyone has had their day in court. What a justice system we… Read more »

@kat Welcome to the UCMJ of the DOD (& Coast Guard)!! This is a very political game being played with people’s lives in the uniform. Money every year is withheld from the services for lack of action and promotions are not granted at the higher levels when Congress decides to place with holds on them until further investigation, etc. See the current VCJCS nominee issue at play in the media and Congress and notice when more info comes forth, some very prominent Congressional members decide to be absent when the data is revealed from investigations and maintain the same drumbeat… Read more »

Kat,
Good point and very relevant in my state. https://www.channel3000.com/news/cephus-asks-for-readmission-to-uw-madison-following-not-guilty-verdicts/1106446294

The man was found not guilty. He had excellent representation because of his high profile.
Some still believe the victims as completely w\out culpability. That story is also on the source’s site.

I am glad I retired when I did. Now if a junior service member does not like what their higher ranking person tells them to do they now can file these reports and ruin that person career.

@Political Prisoner

You mean like the current Army Colonel from USSTRATCOM who has a history of unsubstantiated allegations (which can be researched online) and has accused the current VCJCS nominee? To think, this Modus Operandi is not new to the US Military structure regardless of gender…

Every day I’m forced to endure news about people who seem to believe personal responsibility only applies to other people. No one wants to suffer but it’s up to someone else to protect them from the harsh realities of life.
There was a time in my memory where people were allowed to learn from their mistakes and reflect on what they could have done better to avoid negative results.

@wonderin

RCs may “learn from their mistake” and they may “reflect on what they could have done better”, but they are not allowed to recover from their mistake, no matter how miniscule it was in the overall scheme of things.

Here’s an idea, how about not letting people into the military who show signs of being more likely than others to engage in these behaviors? By now there’s got to be a general roadmap for noticing early risk factors that should be able to be screened for and helped not become anything truly worrisome prior to something bad happening. Rather than approve at risk individuals for boot camp give them recommendations for mental health services in their area. It might feel nice in the short term catching people who’ve done something, but that doesn’t solve the root problem of reducing… Read more »

Let’s not forget the fact that if the US military doesn’t have numbers to present to Congress to prove they are tough on prosecuting sexual assault they will get them one way or another. There is case after case in the military of them bringing cases to trial without any evidence of assault at all (and with a nearly 90% prosecution rate) or scaring the soldier/ sailor/ airman into taking a plea deal. Often the motivation does include allowing the “victim” to PCS anywhere they want, and often the “victim” is cheating on their husband or wife and fears getting… Read more »

@Looking for Answers

1) Tell me more about the Ambien angle you mention, please.

2) Also, there is a case at the USAFA where a SOF pilot stationed there is having a hard time with his wife in the middle of their divorce about child custody and abuse allegations from her that could result in a registry listing for him. Use anything to get custody and him kicked out.

Well, seeing that my conviction was under the UCMJ, I’ll put in my two cents. Any of these reports are enough to press pause on a service member’s career. As soon as a formal investigation is opened, anything and everything (promotions, awards, etc.) are placed on hold. They also will likely get your security clearance suspended as well, but defense counsel fixed that issue. They will also talk to just about everyone in your work area as part of their investigation, and everything will get turned around on you. They will even coax many of your closest friends into cooperating… Read more »

@JDoeUtah

Learned tonight a 3 star blue suiter was denied a fourth star because of what wasn’t seen done under their command back when in the past. Only takes one elected official to catch wind and bang, the past haunts even when it was done by AFI, etc.

@TS The Air Force gives it’s people the drug Ambien while deployed to overseas war zones. It helps with the constant shift changes and the ability to sleep during all times of the day as the schedule dictates. It’s handed out by the medical group- usually in small baggies and they do try to limit the amount one is given at a time. One Airman deployed to such a location was on Ambien and started chatting online with someone he thought was the twenty-something woman in the photographs she was sending him over an app for adults. Long story short,… Read more »

@ looking for answers

Been there, got the UCMJ wounds, scars, and t-shirt from the same corrupt system you describe. Just beware, you never really retire until 60. Your retirement is deferred pay until they can’t nab you back onto AD, but they could ding you with a letter in your file. (Kansas case decided pay which you can look up as well as US v Larrabee showing it too). I’d not recommend any family look at the US DoD at all given this horrible system.

@TS- I absolutely agree. But know that you are not alone. I stand with my boyfriend who has all of the UCMJ wounds also. I know the system is jacked and I (even as a woman) do not agree with all the crap the Air Force feeds us about all women in the military being victims and all the men we work with being predators. They can try and ruin me all they want, and I’m sure they have tried and are trying still. I just stand for the truth and for God and country. I will fight for my… Read more »

@Looking for answers Thanks for the Ambien angle and reassurance I am not alone with those who also suffered at the hands of the corrupt DoD UCMJ system. I know of the Ambien angle and the lack of DoD wanting to address it. Another story for another day. I will leave this editorial for you and others here (inc Janice who is a USN vet) by a UCMJ lawyer who discusses the politicization of the UCMJ and in particular Article 120, etc by Congress. It is fugly what is happening. I know of a former UCMJ USMC civilian atty who… Read more »

@TS I apologize for my late reply. I read the article and it is very interesting! At least it is being brought out to the public now. After Eddie Gallagher’s trial too I think the curtain was slightly lifted on some of the truly unjust things the military “justice” system (oxymoron!) does. Chief Gallagher’s brother commented how they were following Eddie around and spying on him, even trying to take a petty argument he had with his wife at a movie theater and claim it was spousal abuse. It is so ridiculously tilted in the favor of the prosecution and… Read more »

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