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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Admiral Probed Again

WASHINGTON () -- The four-star admiral recently forced into retirement by the Pentagon for an impolitic comment about the rape of a Japanese girl by U.S. servicemen is under investigation for allegedly using a military jet to fly across the Pacific to visit girlfriends.

Admiral Richard Macke, 58, commander of all U.S. forces in the Pacific, allegedly had his military air crew fly him twice from a base in Hawaii to a base in California and once to the Washington D.C. area on trips that were mainly personal, military sources said.

The Defense Department's Inspector General is also looking into allegations that on one of the trips to California, Macke took a commercial flight to Las Vegas with a Marine whom he was dating, military sources said.

Known for his brash manner, Macke was forced to retire on Nov. 17, hours after he told reporters that the servicemen accused of raping a 12-year-old Japanese school girl could have hired a prostitute for the amount they paid to rent the car they used to abduct her.