A USMC Marine colonel was sentenced to 5-1/2 years behind bars after being found guilty of sexually abusing a six-year-old girl, a military jury of colonels and generals determined Sunday.
USMC Col. Daniel Wilson, 56, was convicted of sexual abuse of a child for touching her genitalia, but found not guilty on counts of raping the child by penetrating her with his fingers and of sexually assaulting another adult woman on multiple occasions.
Wilson was also found guilty of conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman for a series of instances of crude behavior amid heavy alcohol consumption, including sexual remarks to a colleague’s wife, which got him fired from a liaison posting in Darwin, Australia, 10 days into the job.
The USMC trial stretched 10 days and included testimony from the child Wilson abused as well as her sisters and parents.
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Local media outlets report 56-year-old Daniel Wilson of Mason, Washington, was found guilty of sexual abuse of a child, six counts of conduct unbecoming of an officer and gentleman and absence without leave on Saturday. He was sentenced Sunday at Camp Lejeune to 5 ½ years of confinement and was dismissed from service.
He was found not guilty of several additional charges, including the rape of a child and sexual assault.
The government said the charges stemmed from incidents in Australia, Camp Lejeune and Beaufort, South Carolina, in 2016. Wilson had pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Wilson served in the Marine Corps for more than 30 years and completed 11 deployments.
Wilson was also sentenced to be dismissed from the Marine Corps. He will receive credit for previous time served: nearly eight months in the Camp Lejeune brig, where he was sent in January after the second set of sexual assault allegations surfaced. It wasn’t immediately clear whether he or his family would still be eligible for retirement pay or other benefits.
Wilson entered the Marine Corps in 1981, serving first as an enlisted Marine, and was promoted to colonel in 2010.
A spokesman for II MEF, Lt. Col. Michael Armistead, said it wasn’t immediately clear where Wilson will serve his sentence.
This article was sourced and published The Associated Press (AP).