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West Point chief misused position

ALBANY, N.Y. — The top official at the US Military Academy improperly allowed subordinates to give driving lessons, didn’t properly compensate those who worked at a charity dinner, and misused his position to obtain cat care, according to a report from Pentagon investigators.

The Department of Defense Inspector General concluded that West Point superintendent Lieutenant General David Huntoon misused his position, government resources, and personnel, according to a heavily redacted report released to the Associated Press in response to a Freedom of Information Act request.

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West Point officials said they wouldn’t comment on the report, which said Huntoon took responsibility and repaid affected parties $1,815 based on prevailing labor rates.

A Pentagon investigation found Huntoon improperly used government personnel, accepted gifts of services from subordinates, and misused his position.

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In the case of the charity dinner, workers were paid with $30 and $40 Starbucks gift cards, which investigators said was ‘‘not sufficient.’’

Redactions in the report make it impossible to determine the complete nature of most episodes or details about people involved in them.

For example, the report says Huntoon misused his position to get cat-feeding help for a friend, but it was unclear who was feeding the cats and who the friend was. It is also unclear which relative or friend received driving lessons.

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Military officials first disclosed in April that an inspector general’s investigation found Huntoon had engaged in misconduct, but they did not release specifics about the report. At that time, the Army said Huntoon had no pending disciplinary action against him.

Associated Press

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