Sex abuse complaints decrease at Fort Leonard Wood

FORT LEONARD WOOD, Mo. | The commanding general of Missouri's largest military base says the Army is aggressively investigating sexual assault complaints at Fort Leonard Wood.

Maj. Gen. David Quantock met with reporters on Wednesday, one day after 17 current and former soldiers filed a federal class-action lawsuit accusing the Pentagon of failing to take their complaints of sexual abuse by other soldiers seriously.

Quantock didn't specifically discuss the lawsuit, but he noted that reports of sexual assault at Fort Leonard Wood declined from 57 incidents in 2009 to 28 in 2010, including just two reported assaults in the final three months of the year.

Quantock says the Missouri installation has 38 programs dealing with sexual assault prevention as well as a special prosecutor who solely handles such cases.