UPDATE: VA Inspector General issues statement on sex assault allegations at Beckley VAMC

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BECKLEY, WV (WVNS) — A release from U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia, Mike Stuart, discussed claims of sexual assault at the Beckley Veterans Affairs Medical Center (VAMC).

“My office has been made aware of the sexual assault allegation at the Beckley VAMC,” said Stuart. “My office takes these allegations very seriously and is working closely with federal, state and local law enforcement agencies to ensure this matter is investigated thoroughly and quickly.”

59News reached out to the Beckley VAMC for a statement. Details were not released on the identity of the suspect, but they did say the individual in question is no longer employed by the VA.

“The VA condemns such behavior in the strongest possible terms and will not tolerate it.”

Beckley VAMC Statement

According to the VAMC, the matter was referred to the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) for review. The OIG released the following statement regarding the case.

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Inspector General (OIG) has been working with our federal law enforcement partners to investigate expeditiously the allegations of sexual assaults at the Beckley VA Medical Center in West Virginia. As is always the case, the VA OIG takes seriously any allegation calling into question the care of veterans. The facility is aware of these allegations and has taken steps to ensure the immediate safety of its patients. At this time, we cannot comment further on this investigation.

Michael J. Missal, VA Inspector General

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