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Lt. Col. Darin Haas of Fort Campbell harassment program arrested

6:22 PM, May 16, 2013   |    comments
Lt. Col. Darin Haas was removed from his position as the manager of Fort Campbell's Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention/Equal Opportunity program Thursday after his arrest in a domestic dispute. (Photo: Courtesy Clarksville (Tenn.) Police)
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CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. (USA TODAY) -- Lt. Col. Darin Haas, Fort Campbell's sexual harassment program manager, has been removed from his position after an arrest this week involving a dispute with his ex-wife.

At about 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Clarksville (Tenn.) Police responded to a complaint from Haas' ex-wife, who said Haas had sent her threatening texts in violation of an order of protection, according to a court affidavit.

Haas, 42, was arrested that night and charged with stalking and violating the order of protection. He was booked into Montgomery County (Tenn.) Jail on a $15,000 bond.

Thursday afternoon, Fort Campbell officials said Haas has been removed from his position as Sexual Harassment and Assault Response Prevention/Equal Opportunity program manager.

"From our understanding, Lt. Col. Haas is in a conflict with his ex-wife based on a contentious divorce, and both have mutual orders of protection against each other," said the statement, sent by Master Sgt. Pete Mayes with the Public Affairs Office.

Haas "is pending retirement from the Army, and his replacement will assume duties immediately."

Haas' arrest comes as the military has been rocked by several high-profile sex scandals, the latest of which involves the investigation of a sergeant at Fort Hood who officials say had been running a prostitution service and sexually assaulted another soldier.

Last week, a Pentagon report on sexual abuse in the U.S. military estimates a rate of about 500 men and women were assaulted each week in 2012.

Fort Campbell will await the outcome of the civilian investigation before determining whether any further action is necessary, the statement said.

Contributing: Tom Vanden Brook, Gregg Zoroya and David M. Jackson, USA TODAY

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