The Army has fired a lieutenant colonel accused of having affairs with multiple women and lying about his deployments to keep them from finding out about each other.
The Army announced that it completed an investigation of Richard Kane Mansir that started when several of the women complained repeatedly to his chain of command and relieved him of his duty on Wednesday based on “substantiated findings.” The firing was first reported by Task & Purpose.
“The command has taken additional appropriate actions in response to the findings from the investigation,” the Army said, without specifying what those actions are.
The Daily Beast previously spoke to two of Mansir’s girlfriends, who described the web of lies used to make them believe they were in a committed relationship with a single man in active combat duty. In reality, Mansir had been married for almost two decades, and had not been deployed overseas since 2014.
One of these women, Chelsea Curnutt, said Friday that Mansir should be dishonorably discharged.
“I’m not saying that just in regard to what he did to me, I’m saying it in regard to everything he’s done to other people over his career,” Curnutt told The Daily Beast. “I don’t think he deserves to be honorably discharged like the rest of the men and women in service who have honorably worn the uniform.”
Curnutt has tried multiple avenues of seeking justice from the military, including brining her allegations to the inspector general’s office at Fort Eustis, where Mansir last served. In a Sept. 17 letter Curnutt provided to The Daily Beast, the inspector general said she had referred the complaints to Mansir’s command for investigation and would take “no further action pertaining to these allegations.”
Curnutt claims she dated Mansir for more than a year and a half before their relationship ended in June, when he disappeared days before she was due to give birth to their child. She says she had no idea he was still married until that day.
Another woman told The Daily Beast she was engaged to Mansir in 2017, while his wife was pregnant with their third child. She said the lies he told included the death of a child, a string of military honors, and several deployments.
When they had to postpone their Las Vegas marriage because of a supposed deployment, the woman said, he provided her with papers that appear to be fake.
“He’s got this playbook,” she said. “He tells these lies about his dead children, about his PTSD, his deployments, and all the horrible things he’s had to do. He creates all these imaginary traumas to cloak his lies in.”
Mansir did not respond to the women’s allegations at the time.
According to military records, Mansir was a civil affairs officer who conducted “Army support activity” at Joint Base Langley-Eustis, Virginia. He served in the Rangers and was deployed to Afghanistan in 2011 and 2012.