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Army lawyer accused of sex assault

The US Army is investigating sexual abuse allegations against an officer who trains military prosecutors who handle sexual and physical abuse cases.

A senior defence official says Lieutenant Colonel Joseph Morse is being investigated by the Army's Criminal Investigation Command for allegedly groping a female Army lawyer while both were attending a legal conference in Northern Virginia in 2011.

The official says Lt Col Morse has been suspended from his job pending the results of the investigation.

The officer was in charge of training 23 Army prosecutors around the world who handle special victim cases. The official said the female lawyer did not work for Lt Col Morse.

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