Skip to comments.Commander of Massachusetts National Guard placed on leave amid rape allegations
Posted on 03/29/2012 9:37:01 PM PDT by ruralvoter
Governor Deval Patrick placed the head of the Massachusetts National Guard on leave Thursday night after learning that he is under investigation in the alleged rape of a subordinate on a Florida beach 28 years ago while the two were on maneuvers with a military police unit.
The explosive charges against Adjutant General Joseph C. Carter were originally investigated several months after the alleged 1984 assault. The investigating officer recommended that the alleged victim, Susan Pelletier, take the matter to police, but Pelletier told the Globe she was afraid to press charges.
Pelletiers allegations resurfaced late last year as Carter was under consideration for promotion from one-star to two-star general. It put a freeze on the promotion while military investigators questioned Pelletier and others involved.
He raped and beat me and left me, said Pelletier,...
(Excerpt) Read more at boston.com ...
28 years ago?
If I was the Governor I think I would wait and allow the “investigation” to play out...
Uh...isn’t there a time limit on this type of crime? Murder has no time limit, but this seems ridiculous.
She should have reported it to police shortly afterwards, so physical evidence could have been saved. Stupid to have waited so long, and so now it tends towards “he said, she said”.
How much of this is cold revenge for something else?
You guys all need to read the article all the way to the bottom to see how this issue arose after all these years. It is really an interesting story.
What a bizarre story. How could anyone say that they don’t recall a woman that accused them of rape whether it was 28,38 or 108 years ago?
Once again a very interesting choice to command the Mass National Guard. With all of the Vietnam age guys who have active duty experience in real world contingencies they choose this bozo to lead the MAARNG.
This is far from a clear cut case.
“As a result, she said, she received a dishonorable discharge.”
Not without a general court-martial, she didn’t. Only a general court-martial can order a dishonorable discharge. A general is the weightiest court martial, and is usually reserved for serious offenses.
I have a hard time believing that they would convene a general, considering the time, trouble, and expense involved, just because a guardsman stopped coming to drills. Back then, even active-duty deserters were just getting the big chicken dinner.
I guess I could be wrong about that, but I don’t think so.
“She was a deserter from the Guard”
Does MA really use the term deserter for people who stop coming to drills?
In the reserves, they just kick you out.
“What a bizarre story. How could anyone say that they dont recall a woman that accused them of rape whether it was 28,38 or 108 years ago?”
And why would a woman that didn’t press charges back then want to go public so many years later?
Ladies, does that make sense?
Did you read the whole story? A male quarter master who was involved in the original investigation and is now up on charges dragged it up by way of defense.
Deval Patrick PROMISED to bring “eloquent rapists”
to Massachusetts. Mission accomplished?