The commander and a senior enlisted officer of a U.S. Navy SEAL team in Africa have reportedly been relieved of their duties and sent home following sexual misconduct allegations involving multiple female service members. “Special Operations Command Africa commander Maj. Gen. Mark Hicks suspended the Special Operations Command Forward - East Africa commander and senior enlisted adviser of their duties on May 10 due to allegations of misconduct,” a spokesman for Special Operations Command Africa told CNN. An investigation has been opened into the two Navy SEALs by the Navy's Criminal Investigative Service. No details were provided on the number of alleged victims or specific accusations. The news comes after data released by the Pentagon last month showed a 9.3-percent increase in the number of sexual assaults reported in the Navy last year.
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