Marine Corps Air Station base top law officer to handle hazing allegations

info@islandpacket.comDecember 19, 2012 

An investigation into allegations of hazing at Marine Corps Air Station Beaufort has been turned over to the base's senior law-enforcement officer.

Air station spokesman Capt. Jordan Cochran said the base's commanding officer, Col. Brian Murtha, directed the Criminal Investigative Division to look into the allegations against a group of Marines made public Friday.

The CID is the investigative arm of the provost marshal, the base's senior law-enforcement officer. The Provost Marshal's Office will deliver findings to Murtha, who will discuss them with the Judge Advocate General's Corps, the legal branch of the military, Cochran said.

The Marine Corps has a zero-tolerance policy for hazing.

The policy states prevention of hazing "is an all-hands responsibility, and victims and anyone observing such activity shall report violations."

The base has not released further details about the allegations.

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