The family of murdered US Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen is demanding military officials release the name of a supervisor who sexually harassed her before she was killed by another soldier last year.
An Army report released on Friday said that the sexual harassment by the superior was unrelated to Guillen’s murder and that the suspected killer, Specialist Aaron Robinson, 20, had also been accused of harassing another female service member.
Friday's report did not name the man accused of harassing Guillen, who is said to have asked her for a threesome, over 'privacy concerns' because of his low rank.
He was one of 21 people hit with disciplinary action over his behavior, but Army officials did not comment further on details of that punishment.
And while Guillen's family is relieved to have some justice, they still don't understand why the Army has refused to release the supervisor's name.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
Guillen's sister Mayra Guillén told ABC News: 'The Army keeps trying to protect this name and I want to understand why. Why not just try to take a step forward, admit that you were wrong, fix it and make yourself look better so, the nation could trust you again.'
US Army Specialist Vanessa Guillen's sister Mayra Guillén (left) is demanding the Army release the name of the soldier who sexually harassed her sister. 'The Army keeps trying to protect this name and I want to understand why,' Mayra said
Mayra also tweeted about how the Fort Hood base did their own investigation and tried to allege that Guillen wasn't sexually harassed
Mayra also said that her family hopes to push the US government to address sexual harassment in the military.
'We're still looking to work very hard on this so we can put an end to it and not have what happened to Vanessa happen to anyone else ever again,' she said.
Investigators believe Robinson bludgeoned Guillen to death with a hammer, removed her body from an armory at Fort Hood, and then dismembered her and buried her remains on April 22, 2020.
Guillen’s remains were found near the Leon River in Bell County, Texas on June 30.Insurance Loans Mortgage Attorney Credit Lawyer
According to the Army report released on Friday, Robinson was detained shortly after Guillen’s remains were found, but he was allowed to escape. A few hours later, he fatally shot himself as police were about to take him into custody.
Robinson’s former girlfriend, Cecily Aguilar, has been charged with helping Robinson hide Guillen’s body and impeding the investigation.
The Army report details the final hours of Robinson’s life.
At around 5pm on June 30, just hours after workers found Guillen’s remains in a shallow grave, a member of the Army Criminal Investigation Command called Robinson’s unit and told them to put the specialist under strict observation.
Guillen, 20, (left) disappeared from the Texas, base in April 2020 and her dismembered and buried remains were found on June 30 near the Leon River. Officials said fellow soldier Aaron Robinson, 20, (right) was the main suspect in her killing
Robinson was told he was being detained for violating COVID-19 quarantine rules. He was then placed inside a conference room where an unarmed soldier was guarding the door.
While Robinson was upset he was being detained, he nonetheless appeared relaxed. He spent his time in detention playing video games, according to the report. Robinson was also allowed to keep his cell phone, which was being monitored by his superiors.
A few hours later, commanders got wind of new information suggesting that Robinson would try to escape, according to the report.
In a text chain, one officer said that if he tried to escape, the guards had to ‘tackle his a** and call the MPs [military police]'.
But the soldier guarding Robinson did not get the message, according to the Army report.
Just after 10pm, Robinson received a telephone call that appeared to be from his mother.
Army Maj Gen Scott Efflandt, who was left in charge of the base when Guillen was killed, was fired following the review
Suspended: Maj Gen Jeffrey Broadwater (left) and Command Sgt Maj Thomas C. Kenny (right), both of the 1st Cavalry Division, were suspended following the review
Fired: Col. Ralph Overland (left), the 3rd Cavalry Regiment commander and Command Sgt. Maj. Bradley Knapp (right), both of whom were in charge of Guillen's unit, were fired
The base commander, Army Lt Gen Pat White (above), will not face any administrative action because he was deployed to Iraq for much of the year
‘Don’t believe what you hear about me,’ a guard heard Robinson say.
Several minutes later, Robinson escaped. A few hours later, he was spotted by Army and civilian police in the city of Killeen, just outside of Fort Hood.
As officers were closing in to make an arrest, Robinson pulled out a gun and shot himself dead.
Major General Gene LeBoeuf said that Robinson’s escape is still the subject of an ongoing investigation.
The report blamed a communication breakdown between the soldier’s unit and the criminal investigation agents which allowed him to flee.
Guillen’s killing shocked the military and forced the high command to re-examine the extent to which a culture of sexual harassment had taken root throughout the armed forces.
The names of the battalion level and below commanders and leaders who received administrative action were not released.
FIRED: Maj Gen Scott L. Efflandt, deputy commanding general III Corps, who was in charge of the base at the time of Guillen's death
FIRED: Col Ralph Overland, the 3rd Cavalry Regiment commander, who was in charge of Guillen's unit
FIRED: Command Sgt Maj Bradley Knapp, the 3rd Cavalry Regiment command sergeant major, who was in charge of Guillen's unit
SUSPENDED: Maj Gen Jeffrey Broadwater, 1st Cavalry Division commanding general, pending the outcome of a new Army Regulation (AR) 15-6 investigation of 1st Cavalry Division’s command climate and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program
SUSPENDED: Command Sgt Maj Thomas C. Kenny, 1st Cavalry Division command sergeant major, pending the outcome of a new Army Regulation (AR) 15-6 investigation of 1st Cavalry Division’s command climate and Sexual Harassment/Assault Response and Prevention program
The latest findings were announced as part of an investigation into Guillen’s killing and the actions of officers immediately afterward.
Last year, a separate, civilian-run probe was launched examining the overall culture at Fort Hood.
As a result of the investigation, the Army fired or suspended 14 officers and enlisted soldiers at Fort Hood and ordered policy changes to address chronic failures of leadership that contributed to a widespread pattern of violence.
In a sweeping condemnation of Fort Hood’s command