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Marine colonel, facing sex crimes charges, sent to Navy Brig to await trial


Col. Shane Tomoko

A Command spokesman for Marine Corps Installations has confirmed  that the former head of the Wounded Warrior Regiment will spend the next few months behind bars, as he awaits trial.

Decorated combat vet, Col. Shane Tomko,  is reportedly being transferred to Navy Consolidated Brig Chesapeake, Virginia, while he waits for his trial to begin– possibly in mid- August.

Tomko is charged with wrongful possession and use of anabolic steroids,  abusive sexual contact, conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman, fraternization, and obstruction of justice.

He was removed from his post as head of the Wounded Warrior Regiment in Virginia, in February of 2015. At the time, Marine officials said his removal was due to a “loss of confidence in his leadership.”

In March, the Washington Post reported that Tomko had been investigated on accusations of sexually assaulting women while he was head of WWR. The Post cited a lawsuit filed in Prince William County, Va., by a civilian woman who accused  Tomko of sexually assaulting her during a work trip.

According to a copy of Tomko’s charging documents,  the colonel was accused of sexually assaulting a female Marine corporal in October 2014, by “forcibly kissing her on the mouth”.

The documents go on to say that Tomko later referred to the woman as “a hot intriguing dyke who makes me wish I were a woman.”

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