A Camp Lejeune colonel accused of sexually assaulting a child has waived his right to an Article 32 hearing.
Col. Daniel H. Wilson, 55, of Mason, Wash., was scheduled to appear in court today for the hearing, which is a military version of a civilian grand jury — a preliminary hearing used to determine whether there is probable cause a crime was committed and that the accused committed it, according to information online at Headquarters . Lt. Col. Michael Armistead, director of II Marine Expeditionary Force Public Affairs, said he did not have any additional information related to Wilson’s court proceedings immediately available.
Wilson, operations officer for II MEF since April 30, was initially charged Nov. 15 with three specifications of sexual assault and sexual abuse of a child; four specifications of assault consummated by battery on a child under the age of 16 years; one specification of failure to obey a general order or regulation, and nine specifications of conduct unbecoming of an officer.
New allegations were brought on Wilson Jan. 19. as a result of an ongoing investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigation Service (Carolina Field Office), according to a Jan. 20 press release from II Marine Expeditionary Force.
The additional charges include violating the following Articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice: four specifications of sexual assault; two specifications of assault consummated by battery and one specification of absence without leave.
Before the new allegations were made, Wilson was not under any pre-trial restrictions.
The new allegations prompted Wilson being placed in pre-trial confinement at Installations East Regional Brig facility on Jan. 13.
The allegations of sexual misconduct remain under investigation.
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