Camp Lejeune Marine Colonel guilty of sexual abuse sentenced to five and a half years of confinement

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WITN) - A Camp Lejeune Marine Colonel found guilty of several charges including sexual abuse of a child has been dismissed from service and sentenced to five and a half years of confinement.

On Saturday, 56-year-old Colonel Daniel Wilson of Mason, Washington was found guilty of sexual abuse of a child, six counts of conduct unbecoming of an officer and a gentlemen, and absence without leave.

Wilson was found not guilty on several other charges including rape of a child, assault consummated by battery upon a child under 16 years and sexual assault.

Wilson has been kept in pre trial confinement since January of this year.



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A Camp Lejeune Marine Colonel accused of sexually abusing a child was found guilty on several charges Saturday.

After a day of deliberations, a jury found 55-year-old Colonel Daniel Wilson guilty on charges of sexual abuse of a child, conduct unbecoming of an officer and gentleman, and absence without leave.

The jury found him not guilty on sexual assault of a woman.

Wilson will be sentenced on Camp Lejeune's base Sunday.



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After a full day of closing arguments Friday, a jury was charged with deciding the fate of a Camp Lejeune Marine Colonel facing charges of sexual assault against a child.

Closing arguments lasted seven hours in the trial of 55-year-old Colonel Daniel Wilson.

The jury heard from both the defense and the government and will continue their deliberations Saturday.

Wilson is charged with three counts of sexually abusing a child, nine counts of conduct unbecoming of an officer, sexual assault, assault consummated by battery, and absence without leave.

During the trial the government says Wilson asked for and then shared an explicit photo of an officer's wife, and engaged in inappropriate activity involving a child, the child's sister , and a woman.

Wilson has been kept in pre trial confinement since January of this year.

Witness testimony began Wednesday of last week.

The jury has heard from the accuser's mother -- the alleged victim under the age of 12-- and the officer's wife. All of the alleged incidents occurred in 2016.

The government says the alleged incidents took place in Australia, Camp Lejeune and Beaufort, South Carolina.

Wilson plead not guilty to all these charges. He's served in the Marine Corps for over 30 years and completed 11 deployments in his career.