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    Coast Guard Apologizes for Mishandling of Sexual Assaults at Academy

    Coast Guard Apologizes for Mishandling of Sexual Assaults at Academy

    The U.S. Coast Guard apologized Friday for not taking “appropriate action” years ago when it failed to adequately handle cases of sexual assault and harassment at the service's Connecticut academy. The service also acknowledged it did not widely disclose its six-year internal investigation into dozens of cases from 1988 to 2006.

    Two U.S. senators on Friday said in a statement that the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science and Transportation, which has oversight of the Coast Guard, was not informed of the probe until a recent informal briefing with Senate staff. Known as “Operation Fouled Anchor,” it was conducted from 2014 to 2020.

    “This information is disturbing,” Sens. Maria Cantwell of and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin wrote in a letter dated Friday to Admiral Linda L. Fagan, commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. They demanded documents and records related to the investigation, which identified 62 substantiated incidents of rape, sexual assault and sexual harassment that occurred at the U.S. Coast Guard Academy in London, Connecticut, or by academy cadets.

    The internal Coast Guard investigation was first reported by .

    The Democratic senators said they're seeking additional information “to determine if the Coast Guard complied with the law and to inform potential legislative actions.” Besides documents, they want answers to questions including whether any individuals with…

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