Decorated Marine colonel charged with sexually abusing child

Decorated Marine colonel charged with sexually abusing child

A decorated Marine officer at Camp Lejeune is facing charges for an alleged sexual assault of a child.

Wilson was also charged with one count of failure to obey an order, and nine counts of conduct unbecoming an officer. The Naval Criminal Investigation Service (Carolina Field Office) is investigating the case, the charges were filed on November 15, 2016.

Lt. Col. Mike Armistead says a preliminary military hearing has not yet been scheduled. The investigation continues. According to a release, the 55-year-old colonel joined the military in 1981 and was promoted to colonel in 2010.

The press release said Wilson has military defense counsels but it's unknown whether he has retained civilian defense counsel. He has completed 11 deployments in his career.

Wilson became II MEF's operations officer on April 30. He was reassigned to administrative duties after II MEF and the NCIS began investigating him. His personal awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and the Bronze Star Medal.

The release said an Article 32 hearing will happen in the near future, but a specific date has not been set.