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    ‘A Betrayal’: How a Decorated Army Officer Fell from Grace in a University ROTC Sex Scandal

    ‘A Betrayal’: How a Decorated Army Officer Fell from Grace in a University ROTC Sex Scandal

    If anyone was the best pick to lead and train the next generation of officers at Ohio State University's Reserve Officers' Training Corps, or , it seemed that Lt. Col. Michael Kelvington was the one.

    Kelvington, an infantry officer, has a thick combat resume with 14 deployments under his belt, including one as a company commander in the 82nd Airborne in 2012 when several soldiers were killed in the Zharay district of . Throughout his career, much of it spent in the 75th Ranger Regiment, he was awarded a Bronze Star with Valor and two Purple Hearts, among other accolades.

    No one would question his combat bona fides — increasingly rare experience as the post-9/11 wars recede into the past — that brought him to the ROTC program at OSU. But everything came crashing down.

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    A .com investigation found that Kelvington was fired from his role in April and formally replaced June 7 amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The misconduct allegedly involved at least three cadets, ranging from touching them inappropriately, making overt sexual references and gestures to having at least one prolonged sexual relationship. In some cases, those encounters or advances may have happened on campus and sometimes involved alcohol.

    High school Junior Reserve Officers' Training Corps programs have come under intense scrutiny over the past couple of years due to reports of widespread…

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