Retired Maj. Gen. Arthur Lichte has resigned from aerospace company Airbus Group in the wake of his recent demotion after the Air Force‘s Office of Special Investigations found that he had engaged in inappropriate sexual acts while in uniform, Military.com has learned.
“Today, Airbus Defense and Space Inc. accepted from Gen. Lichte a letter of resignation from the company’s board of directors,” Airbus spokesman Jamie Darcy said Friday.
Lichte had been a member of the board since 2010. Darcy said the company is not at liberty to release details of his compensation. Lichte “has cited his desire to focus his full attention on his family at this time,” Darcy added.
Larry Youngner, of Tully Rinckey PLLC and Lichte’s attorney, said Friday, Lichte “appreciates respect for his privacy.”
It is unclear if Lichte is still involved with Air Transport Services Group Inc., based in Wilmington, Ohio. He was appointed as the ninth member of ATSG Inc.’s board of directors in 2013.
A spokesperson did not respond to a query by press time. In September, the aviation company told Military.com that it too was “aware of reports of an Air Force inquiry pertaining to his military service, and we will have no comment on the matter until after the investigation is completed.”
OSI ordered an investigation into the retired general in August after being notified that a female officer — who initially had filed a restricted report in July to her sexual-assault response coordinator — changed her report to unrestricted to involve law enforcement.
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