NCO charged with violations of Uniform Code of Military Justice

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A non-commissioned officer has been charged with violations of the Uniform Code of Military Justice and could face a general court-martial.

Technical Sergeant Jeffery W. Carlson, 10th Medical Operations Squadron, was charged with three violations of Article 112a of the UCMJ for wrongful use and distribution of a controlled substance; and two violations of Article 134, for wrongfully attempting to purchase a controlled substance.

If convicted on all charges and specifications, Sergeant Carlson faces a maximum punishment of 45 years confinement, dishonorable discharge, and total forfeiture of all pay and allowances.

It is emphasized that the charges stated here are merely accusations at this time; Sergeant Carlson is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

The next step in the military legal process will be an Article 32 hearing. An Article 32 hearing is used to determine if there is enough evidence to move the case forward to a court-martial or make recommendations for a alternate action.

Sergeant Carlson's Article 32 hearing is tentatively scheduled for April 25.