Sept. 3, 1999
VMI sex scandal victims return
One woman who didn't go back to the school had already planned to leave for academic reasons..
By MATT CHITTUM
THE ROANOKE TIMES
All of the women involved in a sexual harassment scandal at Virginia Military Institute last year except one returned to the institute this year, a VMI official said Thursday. The one who didn't return had already planned to leave for academic reasons before allegedly being pressured for sexual favors by the vice president of the honor court, said Mike Bissell, the just-retired architect of VMI's plan for co-education.
Another woman had already quit VMI, forfeited her scholarship and enlisted in the Army, Bissell said. Bissell called her at the urging of an alumnus and persuaded her to return to VMI. Her scholarship was reinstated, Bissell said, and the Army released her from her enlistment.
Rising senior Jerry B. Webb II of Casper, Wyo., who was also the highest ranking cadet at VMI, was dismissed in May for conduct unbecoming a cadet. The dismissal followed an investigation by Bissell into claims that Webb tried to coerce sex from a number of female cadets.
VMI officials, who only commented on the matter after stories based on anonymous VMI sources appeared in the press, have not said how Webb used his position or whether any sex acts actually occurred.