Military Recruiter Loses Command After Sebring Affair

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DES MOINES, Iowa - The Army commander involved in an affair with former Des Moines School Superintendent Nancy Sebring has been relieved of command.

An Army spokesman said recruiting commander Capt. John Hintz is now under investigation for his conduct. Hintz, who is married, was named in several racy emails discovered on Sebring's work email account. She later resigned from her job and lost a similar job in Omaha.

Army spokesman John Largent said Hintz is no longer in command and that Hintz's actions don't uphold Army values or what the Army stands for. Largent didn't say how long the investigation will take.

KCCI had declined to identify Hintz when the story broke. But now that the Army is investigating, KCCI is reporting his name.

Captain Hintz was featured in a 60 Minutes story with correspondent Lara Logan in 2010. The story focused on Hintz's command of an Army unit fighting in Afghanistan. Following his overseas duty, he was appointed the Army's top recruiting commander in the Des Moines area.

Largent said Hintz is still a member of the military, but is no longer in a leadership position.

Hintz went to court seeking to remain anonymous in any further release of Sebring's emails, but a Polk County district court judge ruled in June that Hintz did not have the right to have his name stricken from the emails or from court records.

Through an attorney, Hintz said he had no idea his personal communications could ever be made public. He'd also told the court in a written statement, "If the court allows my identity to be made public, I will be personally and professionally destroyed."

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