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Head of Ft. Campbell harassment program arrested

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FORT CAMPBELL, Ky. (AP) -- Army officials say the manager of the sexual assault response program at Fort Campbell has been arrested in a domestic dispute and relieved of his post.

Lt. Col. Darin Haas turned himself in to police late Wednesday on charges of violating an order of protection and stalking. A spokesman for the post on the Tennessee-Kentucky line say Haas was immediately removed as manager of a program meant to prevent sexual harassment and assault and encourage equal opportunity.

Master Sgt. Pete Mayes said Haas and his ex-wife have orders of protection against each other.  Sgt. Chuck Gill of the Clarksville, Tenn., police said Haas' ex-wife said he repeatedly contacted her Wednesday night despite the order.

A statement from Ft. Campbell said Haas' retirement from the Army is "pending," and that post officials will not take any further action against Haas until the civilian investigation of the charges is complete.

Allegations of sexual assault in the military have triggered outrage from local commanders to Capitol Hill and the Oval Office.

President Barack Obama says military leaders are ashamed about the military's failure to stop sexual assaults in the ranks.

Obama says there's no silver bullet to solve the problem. He says it will take a sustained effort, but he wants to leave no stone unturned.

Obama says victims shouldn't face stigma or fear of retaliation. He says the sexual assault problem makes the military less effective.

Obama spoke after meeting Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, the chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and other military leaders. They met at the White House to address a militarywide problem brought to light by a recent string of misconduct cases and a Pentagon report showing that as many as 26,000 military members may have been sexually assaulted last year.

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