Army lawyer accused of sexual assault

WASHINGTON (AP) — A senior defense official says the Army is investigating sexual abuse allegations against an officer who trains military prosecutors who handle sexual and physical abuse cases.

The official says Lt. Col. Joseph Morse is being investigated by the Army's Criminal Investigation Command for allegedly groping a female Army lawyer while both were attending a legal conference in Northern Virginia in 2011.

The official says Morse has been suspended from his job pending the results of the investigation. Morse was in charge of training 23 Army prosecutors around the world who handle special victim cases. The official said the female lawyer did not work for Morse.

The official was not authorized to discuss the investigation publicly so spoke on condition of anonymity.

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