I have tracked this one for some time. Perhaps it nears it's end. Army major in sex scandal told he must resign By Michael Smith, Defence Correspondent (Filed: 16/04/2004) The Major at the centre of a sex scandal involving his affair with a warrant officer was given 28 days to resign his commission or face the sack yesterday. The Army Board met on Wednesday and decided that Major Alastair Ross, who was once tipped to be the next commanding officer of the King's Royal Hussars, was not a fit person to hold the Queen's commission. It is against Army regulations for a commissioned officer to have a sexual relationship with any "other ranks". If he resigns as ordered he will be entitled to a £14,000-a-year pension and a £40,000 gratuity, something which still rankles with Angela McConnell, the warrant officer with whom he had an affair, who left the Army with nothing. Mrs McConnell, who took the Army to an employment tribunal alleging that Major Ross "compelled her" into a sexual relationship, said: "He should have to earn the privilege of a pension - not just be given it after his behaviour. I now know why women in the Army suffer in silence. They won't come forward now after seeing the way I have been treated." An Army source said: "Major Ross has been asked to resign within 28 days. He had a promising career but destroyed that by breaking the rules. He was warned not to make a fuss or appeal or he would be kicked out." Major Ross, 40, of Kensington, west London, is married to an Italian academic who lives in Brussels. The couple have two children. Mrs McConnell told the tribunal that Major Ross spent weeks bombarding her with several hundred telephone calls and text messages in order to get her into bed. She lost her case and is preparing an appeal, with a key factor to be the tribunal's willingness to allow the MoD to examine her own sexual history in detail while refusing to allow any discussion of his. Mrs McConnell, who is now a deputy manager in an estate agents said: "I won't let him get away with it." The tribunal defended its decision not to allow Major Ross to be questioned on his promiscuity. But it acknowledged in its judgment that he was "no stranger to extra-marital affairs" and said it was satisfied that "he exceeded his position of trust and acted inappropriately with junior ranks". It heard that Major Ross had a series of affairs with junior soldiers, including a staff sergeant who sent him a video of her having sex with her husband. The video was intercepted by customs officers in Cyprus, where Major Ross was then based, and he became the subject of an investigation by the Royal Military Police Special Investigations Branch. The tribunal also heard that he once told Mrs McConnell that a female lance-corporal with whom he had an affair had complained about him but he escaped punishment because the Army accepted his claim that she seduced him. One lance-corporal told the tribunal that while she was serving with the King's Royal Hussars, Major Ross had sent her a series of mobile telephone text messages culminating in one which asked her to come to his cottage for a drink. She declined his offer. The tribunal was told how officers within the King's Royal Hussars had a "bets book" in which they wagered each other over challenges laid down over dinner. One challenge was to seduce the regiment's lesbian stable maid, the tribunal was told. Capt Samantha Roberts, the regimental equal opportunities adviser, complained to the tribunal that one of the officers had bet another that he would be able to sleep with her. The evidence led the regiment's adjutant to complain that his regiment was being portrayed as a mix of the television series Footballers' Wives and Red Cap, as opposed to the "very gentlemanly and refined place" it was.