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WASHINGTON — A sergeant first class on the staff of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point has been accused of videotaping female cadets without their consent, sometimes when they were undressed in the bathroom or the shower, according to Army officials.

The Army is contacting about a dozen women to alert them that their privacy may have been violated by the suspect, identified as Sgt. 1st Class Michael McClendon, officials said.

The accusations at West Point, come amid growing outrage in Congress, at the Pentagon and from President Obama over reports of sexual harassment and assault in the armed forces. They also come as the Army has begun integrating women into a number of combat positions.

The revelations confirmed Wednesday are especially startling at West Point, which has had problems with sexual assault but also has many progressive faculty members and prides itself on having an environment of discipline and respect. Women have been enrolled at the two-century-old institution in upstate New York, for nearly 40 years.

McClendon, of Blakely, Ga., faces charges under four articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, for indecent acts, dereliction in the performance of duty, cruelty and maltreatment and actions prejudicial to good order and discipline. McClendon, who had been assigned to the academy since 2009, was transferred to Fort Drum, N.Y., before charges were filed on May 14, Army officials said.

During his tenure at West Point, McClendon served as a tactical noncommissioned officer, a position described in academy personnel documents as a staff adviser “responsible for the health, welfare and discipline” of a company of 125 cadets.

The student body at West Point numbers about 4,500 cadets. Slightly more than 15 percent are female, and senior Army officials pledged quick action to regain their trust.

In a related development, members of the House Armed Services military-personnel subcommittee passed legislation Wednesday that would strip commanding officers of their longstanding authority to unilaterally change or dismiss court-martial convictions in rape and assault cases.

The legislation, which will be folded into a broader defense-policy bill the full House will consider, also would impose harsher penalties on service members found guilty of sexual offenses by requiring that they be dismissed or dishonorably discharged.

Material from The Associated Press is included in this report.