The Air Force Academy is conducting an internal investigation into its Sexual Assault Prevention and Response office, according to the school.

Leadership at the Colorado-based academy learned there were "issues" in the office, which prompted an investigation that lasted more than a month and involved multiple interviews, according to a statement from academy spokesman Lt. Col. Allen Herritage.

"At this time, due to the fact that review of the investigation and related processes are still ongoing, as well as privacy concerns of those involved, we cannot discuss details or findings of the investigation," he wrote in an email to Air Force Times.

Some members of the SAPR staff are no longer working in the office, but Herritage said the office is still operating without interruption to victim care.

Herritage said the SAPR office has made arrangements for seven Sexual Assault Response Coordinators and Volunteer Victim Advocates from around the academy and local Air Force bases to be available.

"Taking care of victims is our top priority, and we are ensuring we have the right personnel and protocols in place to provide the best care possible," Herritage wrote. "We are confident that there has been no degradation in victim care and support."

Charlsy Panzino covers the Guard and Reserve, training, technology, operations and features for Army Times and Air Force Times. Email her at  

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