Posted: Jun 17, 2013 7:14 PM by Alex Labat
Updated: Jun 17, 2013 10:23 PM
Sargent Major Tommy Caillier was the highest-ranking enlisted soldier in the state's military force.
It's a post that Lafayette native and former Lafayette Police officer has held for five years...until accusations surfaced of sexual harassment and assault.
Lt. Col. Michael Kazmierzak says, "Major General Glen Curtis asked an investigative team from the National Guard Bureau in Washington D.C. be sent to investigate the matter."
It's unclear whether the accuser is a man, or a woman...or even if Caillier is accused of just one, or multiple instances of sexual harassment and assault.
Accusations of sexual misconduct is a growing problem in the military.
A recent federal report found there were as many as 26,000 sexual assaults within the military last year.
That's up from 19,000 the year before.
With such serious allegations levied against him, Kazmierzak says they are not taking Caillier's case lightly.
"The National Guard does everything we can do to protect all of our men and women from sexual assault and sexual harassment, from those people that would try to do them harm. It's one of the most egregious crimes that you can think of, and it cannot and will not be tolerated within the ranks of the Louisiana National Guard", says Kazmierzak.
Caillier could not be reached for comment.