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A Fort Carson commander who wasn’t allowed to leave for Afghanistan with his troops last month was suspended over allegations that he was insensitive to victims of sexual assault and discrimination, a newspaper reported Tuesday.

The details were reported in The Gazette ( based on a 361-page investigative report it obtained under the Federal Freedom of Information Act.

It provided the first account the Army has released about the suspension of Col. Brian Pearl and offers a view into how sensitive the issue of sexual assault has become for the Army.

It says Pearl was suspended after three officers alleged he made insensitive comments during a Feb. 18 meeting of female soldiers that he convened to discuss sexual assault policies after the unit received 27 reports of sexual harassment or assault in a year.

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