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Marine Sergeant Found Guilty of Abusing Recruits

A marine drill instructor is guilty of abusing recruits at San Diego's Marine Corps Recruit Depot. KPBS reporter Erik Anderson has details.

Marine Sergeant Found Guilty of Abusing Recruits

A marine drill instructor is guilty of abusing recruits at San Diego's Marine Corps Recruit Depot. KPBS reporter Erik Anderson has details.

A military jury found Sergeant Jerrod Glass guilty of a number of counts of cruelty and maltreatment of marine recruits. The panel found he violated military orders on how to treat his recruits and even assaulted some of them.

Glass was accused of repeatedly beating a recruit with a tent pole when the man couldn't open his foot locker. He reportedly told another recruit to jump into a trash can and then pushing him down into the container.

Glass faces up to 11 years in the brig, dishonorable discharge from the Marines, and forfeiture of rank and pay when sentenced.

Glass is one of three drill instructors facing charges linked to the mistreatment of recruits. A fourth drill instructor at the San Diego facility accepted an administrative punishment for wrong doing.

Erik Anderson, KPBS News.