A former top Pentagon official sexually harassed two female colleagues over seven years — subjecting them to unwanted attention, including photographing the buttocks of one woman and giving the other massages during “mentoring” sessions, according to a report released on Wednesday.
John James, who was executive director of the Missile Defense Agency, retired in February amid an investigation into his conduct, Military.com reported.
The Department of Defense Office of Inspector General substantiated complaints that James began harassing the women in 2012, a year after he arrived at the agency, it wrote in a report first obtained by USA Today.
James, who had a 37-year career at the DOD, got counseling for his sick behavior in 2017 — but the harassment continued into 2019, the inspector general found.
For seven years, James “repeatedly sought out and made deliberate, unwelcomed physical contact” with the first woman, according to the report.
“Mr. James told us that his contacts with (the woman) were