SEAL Team leaders investigated for alleged sexual misconduct

SEAL Team leaders in Africa sent home while under investigation.

Both senior leaders have been sent back to the United States while the allegations are investigated.

"A commanding officer and command master chief assigned to an East Coast-based Naval Special Warfare unit have been relieved of their duties overseas due to alleged misconduct," said Lt. Jacqui Maxwell, a spokesperson for Naval Special Warfare Group TWO.

Two defense officials said one of the team leaders is being investigated for the alleged inappropriate touching of a female service member during the deployment. Both team leaders are being investigated for allegations of sexual harassment, officials said.

“Special Operations Command Africa commander Maj. Gen. Mark Hicks suspended the Special Operations Command Forward - East Africa commander and senior enlisted advisor of their duties on May 10 due to allegations of misconduct," said Maj. Casey Osborne, Special Operations Command Africa director of public affairs.

"General Hicks directed both individuals to return to their home station for further adjudication regarding the allegations,” Osborne added.

While "pulled from deployment" both senior leaders have not been relieved of their duties as the commanding officer and command master chief of their SEAL Team. While stateside they will remain in those positions as the allegations are investigated.

The Navy has eight SEAL team units, four odd numbered units stationed in Coronado, California and four even-numbered units stationed at Little Creek, Va.