By CHRIS CAROLA and RIK STEVENS
ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) - A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Patrick Leahy says his staff will talk to a retired New York Air National Guard officer who alleges a pattern of sexual misconduct at an upstate air base.
Former Lt. Col. Sharon Dwyer Stepp says in a letter to Leahy that offenders at the 109th Airlift Wing in Scotia have been promoted instead of punished.
Stepp was the unit's sexual assault prevention and response coordinator from 2006-2010. She says she was sexually assaulted three times during 37 years in the military.
David Carle, a spokesman for Leahy, says the senator wants to explore Stepp's claims in more detail.
A spokesman for U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand says her measure to take sexual abuse accusations out of the chain of command would apply to guard units.
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