CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — A decorated colonel based at Camp LeJeune has been charged with sexually abusing a child.

Camp LeJeune officials say Col. of Mason, Washington, is charged with sexually abusing a child, assaulting a child under age 16, failure to obey an order or regulation, and conduct unbecoming an officer.

Lt. Col. Mike Armistead says a preliminary military hearing has not yet been scheduled. The Naval Criminal Investigation Service Carolina Field Office is investigating the case and the charges were filed on Nov. 15.  Two military defense attorneys have been appointed to represent him.

According to a press release from the United States Marine Corps Public Affairs,  Office Col. Wilson entered the Marine Corps in June 1981 and was promoted to Colonel in 2010. His current assignment to II Marine Expeditionary Force as the Operations Officer began on April 30. He has completed 11 deployments throughout his career.

awards include the Legion of Merit, the Defense Superior Service Medal, the Meritorious Service Medal and Bronze Star Medal.

According to WNCN, Col. Wilson was reassigned to administrative duties following the initiation of the investigations into his alleged misconduct. An Article 32 hearing has been directed to occur in the near future however, a firm date has not been determined.

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