A top Army inspector general official who had substantiated reports of kissing and groping women he worked with retired earlier this year without facing discipline, according to an Army spokeswoman.
Retired Lt. Col. Joe Guzowski, a Senior Executive Service civilian who had worked in the Army department since 2004, voluntarily retired as the Army was reviewing the results of a Defense Department IG report released in January, April Cunningham told Army Times on Friday.
“This effectively ended any further action by the Army, and we now consider the matter closed,” she said.
The DoD IG recommended that “the Army take appropriate action regarding Mr. Guzowski,” but his retirement precluded any discipline or loss of benefits.
Four women accused Guzowski of five separate incidents, from kissing a subordinate after giving her a ride home, to touching the waists and buttocks of others, as well as giving unsolicited weight loss advice.
He denied all of the allegations, saying that he didn’t remember them or that his remarks were taken out of context.
Still, the IG report upheld each complaint, finding that he had “failed to treat subordinates with dignity and respect.”
Meghann Myers is the Pentagon bureau chief at Military Times. She covers operations, policy, personnel, leadership and other issues affecting service members.