Defense Department says Air Force Academy lax in reporting

AIR FORCE ACADEMY, Colo. (AP) The U.S. Defense Department has released a report criticizing a former leader of the Air Force Academy but saying he didn't impede an investigation into allegations of sexual misconduct and drug use by football players.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported ( ) that the Pentagon's inspector general found that former superintendent Lt. Gen. Mike Gould shielded a football coach from questioning.

However, the report released Friday says the Air Force Office of Special Investigations didn't insist on interviewing the coach or document allegations of command interference.

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The Air Force Academy issued a statement saying the report found no system-wide problem.

The inspector general says there's no documented evidence of special treatment for a football player suspected of drug use and complaints about an officer's interference in a sexual assault case.


Information from: The Gazette,