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Roche: Academy officers could be punished because of sex scandal
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AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) - Air Force Academy officers reassigned over a sex scandal could be punished if they failed to take appropriate action in wake of cadet complaints, Air Force Secretary James Roche said Wednesday.

The decision will be made after Roche and Air Force Chief of Staff Gen. John Jumper review an investigative report into the scandal.

The two will look at whether the commanders should have noticed problems and whether they did anything to make it more difficult for female cadets to report assaults.

''We are judging commanders. We do that all the time,'' Roche said.

Roche and Jumper were to give addresses later Wednesday during a graduation ceremony for cadets.

Dozens of current and former female cadets have said they were ostracized or reprimanded after they reported being raped or sexually abused at the academy near Colorado Springs.

An Air Force review found 57 reported incidents of sexual misconduct between 1990 and 2003. Forty male cadets had been punished in those cases, that report said.

Three military reviews have been launched and an independent panel has been formed to investigate the allegations. Roche said the first of the reports has yet to be completed.

AP-WS-05-28-03 1227EDT

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