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Marine colonel in Camp Lejeune brig faces new charges

A Marine colonel who is locked up in the brig at Camp Lejeune is facing new charges.

Col. Daniel H. Wilson, 55, who was the operations officer for II Marine Expeditionary Force, was ordered into confinement last week after new allegations emerged in the ongoing Naval Criminal Investigative Service's probe.

Wilson was not originally put behind bars when first charged in November with sexual abuse of a child. Instead, he checked into an inpatient treatment facility in North Carolina, according to his attorney.

On Friday, Wilson was officially charged with new allegations, which include sexual assault, assault consummated by battery and absence without leave, according to a statement from II MEF.

Wilson is scheduled to face an Article 32 hearing on Jan. 31 at Camp Lejeune in North Carolina.

The charges leveled against him in November include sexual assault and sexual abuse of a child; assault consummated by battery on a child under the age of 16; failure to obey a general order or regulation and conduct unbecoming of an officer. 

The Article 32 hearing will help determine whether the colonel faces a court martial.

The colonel was slated for transfer to another residential treatment facility in Virginia on Jan. 13 when the II MEF commanding officer issued a confinement order. 

"In between the transfer of the North Carolina and the Virginia facility, they basically went in and grabbed him and took him to the Camp Lejeune brig," his attorney, Phillip Stackhouse. told Military Times.

"It's unfortunate that they pulled him out of a treatment facility and put him in a confinement facility with no treatment," Stackhouse said. 

The recent alleged misconduct occurred after the initial charges were preferred on Nov. 15, 2016, according to a statement from II MEF.

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