At least twelve U.S. Military Academy cadets at West Point were secretly being filmed by an Army sergeant.
The Army said Wednesday that Sgt. 1st Class Michael McClendon is facing charges of dereliction of duty, mistreatment, entering a women’s bathroom without notice, and taking and possessing inappropriate photos and videos of women who were naked or in various states of undress.
All victims have been notified by the Army, and McClendon has since been transferred to Fort Drum, N.Y. where he is doing military duty.
He joined the military in 1990, and is currently a combat engineer. The Sgt. 1st class was assigned to West Point in 2009 as a support staff member who works with cadets.
On May 14, McClendon was charged with violating four articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Some of the allegations against him date back to 2009.
“The Army is committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of our Cadets at the Military Academy at West Point — as well as all soldiers throughout our Army,” said Gen. John Campbell, vice chief of staff of the Army, in a statement. “Once notified of the violation, a full investigation was launched, followed by swift action to correct the problem. Our cadets must be confident that issues such as these are handled quickly and decisively, and that our system will hold those responsible accountable.”