The Thai translator, who wishes to remain anonymous, said Sgt. 1st Class Kurt Williamson of 1st Special Forces Group (Airborne) made inappropriate advances and touched her without her consent during military exercises. She contacted an NCIS special agent at the U.S. Embassy in Bangkok to file a sexual assault complaint against Williamson soon afterwards.
Her complaint states that while she loves her job and many of the people she has worked with, this constitutes hostile working conditions and that she ultimately wishes to prevent other female interpreters from suffering similarly.
Maj. Dan Lessard, a spokesperson for 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne), when reached out to by Task & Purpose, stated the Army was aware of the situation, had disciplined Williamson accordingly, and that he remains on active duty.
Williamson’s command elected to not punish him further because the translator did not press charges and that because he was close to his retirement date, Army Human Resources Command would have to approve any termination decision.