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    Army Colonel Gets $975,000 in Sex Assault Case Against Former Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman

    Army Colonel Gets $975,000 in Sex Assault Case Against Former Joint Chiefs Vice Chairman

    — A retired colonel has reached a court settlement of nearly $1 million in a sexual assault lawsuit against Air Force Gen. John Hyten, who served as vice chairman of the Chiefs of Staff.

    The settlement with the U.S. government ends more than four years of investigations, reviews and congressional digging into the matter, which delayed — but ultimately did not defeat — Hyten's nomination for vice chairman in 2019. He served two years and did not seek a second term.

    Army Col. Kathryn Spletstoser, who served as Hyten's aide in 2017, filed the lawsuit, and in the settlement reached in U.S. District Court in California on Wednesday, the federal government will pay her $975,000.

    “It is my sincere hope that the successful outcome in my case will embolden other survivors of sexual violence to come forward — no matter how high ranking the perpetrator,” she said in a statement Thursday.

    In an interview with The Associated Press in 2019, Spletstoser said Hyten subjected her to a series of unwanted sexual advances by kissing, hugging and rubbing up against her in 2017 while she was one of his top aides. She said she repeatedly pushed him away and told him to stop, and that he tried to derail her military career after she rebuffed him.

    Hyten vigorously denied her allegations during a Senate Armed Services Committee hearing in July 2019, with his wife seated behind him and Spletstoser looking…

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