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Capt., NCO charged in urination video case

Feb. 8, 2013 - 02:47PM   |   Last Updated: Feb. 8, 2013 - 02:47PM  |  
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The Marine Corps has charged a Marine captain and a noncommissioned officer with military violations in connection with the infamous July 2011 video showing Marine snipers urinating on the corpses of Afghan insurgents.

Capt. James V. Clement and Sgt. Robert W. Richards were charged late last month with violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for misconduct during operations near Sandala, in the Musa Qala district of Helmand province, Afghanistan, according to a Marine Corps release.

Clement, who was then the executive officer of Kilo Company, 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., has been charged with dereliction of duty, violation of a lawful general order, and conduct unbecoming an officer and gentleman for failing to properly supervise junior Marines, failing to stop the misconduct of junior Marines, failing to report misconduct, and making false statements to a Naval Criminal Investigative Service investigator.

He is now assigned to The Basic School at Marine Corps Base Quantico, Va.

Richards, then a team leader in Kilo Company, is accused of dereliction of duty, violation of a lawful general order, and conduct prejudicial to the good order and discipline of the armed forces.

According to the Marine Corps, Richards is accused of taking improper photographs of human casualties, including a video recording of him and other Marines urinating on human casualties; the indiscriminate firing of weapons; failure to properly supervise fellow Marines, and failure to report misconduct.

He is still attached to 3/2.

The Marine Corps will hold an Article 32 hearing overseen by Lt. Gen. Richard Mills, commanding general of Marine Corps Combat Development Command, at Quantico. Mills headed Regional Command Southwest in 2010.

Dates for the hearings have not yet been announced.

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