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MCAS Beaufort officers charged in hazing investigation


Two staff non-commission officers at the Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort have been charged with violating policies on hazing, after a seven month long investigation.

Gunnery Sgt. James McArthur and Staff Sgt. Justin Samford face four charges -- violating the stations hazing policy, maltreatment, false official statement, and assault.

The air station says they received a complaint from a marine last December saying they had been mistreated. They launched an investigation immediately after the complaint. The two non-commission officers were charged based on evidence found during that investigation, which is on going.

The air station's policy on hazing states:

Acts of hazing will not be tolerated within Marine Corps Installations. Hazing constitutes military misconduct, and its prevention is an all-hands responsibility. Victims and anyone observing such activity shall report violations of this policy. There is no place in the Marine Corps for dehumanizing treatment.

McArthur and Samford are scheduled to be arraigned at the base on June 17.

The two have been reassigned to the air station's air traffic control until the investigation is complete. 

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