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Extramarital Affair Costs 'Swinger' Army General His Job: Reports


Extramarital Affair Costs 'Swinger' Army General His Job: Reports (Army)

A high ranking U.S. Army official has effectively lost his job thanks, in part, to a sexual relationship investigators believe he had with a woman who is not his wife.

 

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Army Maj. Gen. David Haight was removed from his position as head of operations at U.S. European Command earlier this summer and placed in a position at the Pentagon, a common stop for high-ranking officers under investigation. 

"Maj. Gen. Haight was reprimanded for failing to exhibit exemplary conduct by engaging in an inappropriate sexual relationship with a woman who was not his wife and for misusing government resources," said Col. Pat Seiber, an Army spokesman.

Military law prohibits extramarital affairs.

The reason for Haight's transfer was revealed in a USA Today report that claims Haight carried on an affair for more than 10 years, and traveled to sex swinger events with the woman in places like Baltimore, Tampa and Atlanta.

Had he been recognized, the senior officer would have potentially been at risk of blackmail and espionage.

His career will now end with a placeholder job as he awaits retirement. A panel will decide what rank Haight will carry when he is discharged.

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"Upon retirement, the Army may convene a Grade Determination Review Board for a recommendation as to whether he served satisfactorily in the last grade held," Seiber said.

Haight also issued a statement when contacted for the USA Today report.

"I'm very sorry — and take full responsibility — for my actions," Haight said. "I will cooperate fully with Army leadership as the process moves forward."

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