A former Marine Corps drill instructor was found guilty of charges stemming from accusations that he abused dozens of Marine recruits in San Diego, according to a Marine Corps Recruit Depot San Diego news release.
Prosecutors claimed that Sgt. Jerrod M. Glass punched, slapped, kicked and ridiculed close to 40 Marine recruits over two months.
On Wednesday, the Corps announced that a court-martial found Glass guilty on two specifications of violation of orders, two specifications cruelty and maltreatment, three specifications of destruction of personal property, and one specification of assault.
Glass’ attorney said some of the abuses his client was accused of had taken place, but most had not.
“This is Marine Corps boot camp, not preschool,” said Capt. Patrick Callahan during the four-day trial.
Glass served two tours in Iraq as a dog handler and was an honor graduate of drill instructor school. The alleged abuses occurred during his first assignment as a drill instructor.
A hearing was under way Wednesday afternoon to determine Glass’ sentence, according to the news release.