Marine Col. Daniel Wilson was charged Nov 15 with three counts of sexual assault and one of battery on a six-year-old child, Military Times reports.
Wilson was also charged with one count of failure to obey an order, and nine counts of conduct unbecoming an officer. The sexual misconduct investigation was reportedly conducted by the Naval Criminal Investigation Service based out of North Carolina.
Wilson is not being confined to jail, and is instead being reassigned to administrative duty pending trial. He joined the Marine Corps in 1981, deployed 11 times in his 35-year career, and received the Bronze Star. Wilson will first appear before an Article 32 investigative hearing into the crime, before proceeding to a full trial. Wilson’s Article 32 hearing has not yet been scheduled.
“Col. Wilson is presumed innocent of any alleged offenses and will be afforded the opportunity to defend himself against all charges,” Wilson’s lawyer said in a statement to Military Times.
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