The Army says it has launched a worldwide investigation of hiring practices at its nearly 300 child care centers. This follows the arrest of two Army employees accused of assaulting children at a base day care center in Virginia.
After the publicly announced arrests at Fort Myer in September, the Army replaced the day care center's management team and found what the Army called "derogatory information'' in the background of an unspecified number of other employees there.
The Army did not elaborate, according to the Associated Press.
Based on those findings, Army Secretary John McHugh said Tuesday he ordered an Army-wide review of hiring practices and management at every day care center. In a statement, he called the findings at the Fort Myer center troubling and unacceptable.
A slate of new legislation has received an endorsement by the Virginia State Crime Commission that they say would give law enforcement more tools to investigate and prosecute child abuse.