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4th Marine instructor faces abuse charges

From Times Staff and Wire Reports

A fourth drill instructor has been criminally charged in the alleged abuse of recruits at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot here, officials said Friday.

Iraq veteran Sgt. Mark A. Delarosa, 25, is facing court-martial on charges of assault, cruelty and maltreatment, violating an order and making false statements. The trial, set to begin Monday, is listed as a special court-martial, meaning that he faces a maximum of one year in the brig.

Delarosa’s case is unrelated to that of three other drill instructors also facing court-martial, officials said.

Sgt. Jerrod Glass, an Iraq veteran, was charged last month with 91 counts of assaulting recruits. Facing lesser charges are Sgt. Robert C. Hankins and Sgt. Brian M. Wendel.

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