Court docket-martial deliberate for former New Hampshire Nationwide Guard commander accused of assault, Military says

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CONCORD, N.H. (AP) — A court-martial has been scheduled early subsequent yr for a New Hampshire Nationwide Guard officer who is predicted to be charged with assault and sexual harassment, in accordance with the U.S. Military.

Lt. Col. Mark Patterson, of Weare, New Hampshire, led a battalion serving on the southern U.S. border. He deployed together with his unit in October 2022 and was assigned to Joint Process Power North, which helps the U.S. Border Patrol, in accordance with Maj. Micah Maxwell, a spokesperson for U.S. Military North.

In January, the Military began an investigation and Patterson, then commander, was reassigned to employees officer, Maxwell mentioned on Sunday. The investigation concluded in Could and Patterson is predicted to be charged with assault consummated by a battery; sexual harassment; maltreatment of subordinates; conduct unbecoming an officer and a gents and violating basic orders, Maxwell mentioned.

Joseph Jordan, a lawyer for Patterson, mentioned in an emailed assertion: “Not all the pieces is because it seems. There are people on the cost sheet who aren’t telling the entire fact concerning the nature of their relationship with our consumer. We proceed to work in direction of the most effective decision doable below the circumstances.”

Patterson has not but been arraigned, Maxwell mentioned. The court-martial has been scheduled for Jan. 22, 2024, he mentioned.