A former drill instructor pleaded guilty to charges of maltreatment and violation of a lawful general order at summary court-martial Wednesday.
Staff Sgt. Matthew T. Bacchus has received administrative punishment in connection with an investigation into abuse of recruits. The investigation, Marine Times reports, revealed found he is not guilty of making a false official statement.
Bacchus is sentenced to 60 days of restriction but is keeping his current rank, TECOM spokesman Capt. Joshua Pena told Marine Times.
Bacchus is one of four drill instructors accused of making recruits workout in a dusty, derelict building on Parris Island nicknamed “The Dungeon.” In May, reports Marine Times, Sgt. Riley R. Gress was found not guilty of all charges in connection with the case. Staff Sgt. Antonio Burke and Staff Sgt. Jose Lucena-Martinez are also facing courts-martial in connection to the abuse.
In total, 20 Marines at Parris Island could face disciplinary or administrative action following three investigations into hazing and recruit abuse. Marine recruit Raheel Siddiqui died March 18, 2016, and according to the Marine Times, two investigations were already ongoing prior to his unexpected death.
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