Former Cherry Point Commander Facing Military Charges

WITN News has learned that the former commander at Cherry Point is now facing military charges in connection with his drunk driving arrest.

Col. Douglas Denn was relieved of his command shortly after being arrested by Newport police on drunk driving charges in October.

Now the Marine Corps says four charges against Denn are being forwarded to an Article 32 hearing. Among the charges being considered are failure to obey order or regulation (UCMJ Article 92), drunken or reckless operation of a vehicle, aircraft or vessel (UCMJ Article 111), conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman (UCMJ Article 133) and a general article for courts martial (UCMJ Article 134).

The Marine Corps says on Monday Lt. General Dennis Hejlik, Commander of Marine Corps Forces Command appointed Col. Christopher Miner as the Article 32 Investigating Officer. No date or location has yet been set for Denn's hearing.

The Article 32 hearing will determine whether the charges against Denn will go to a court-martial or not.

Just yesterday Denn's civilian court date was continued for a second time until March.


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  • by casey Location: texas on Jan 29, 2011 at 10:05 PM
    He made a mistake. People make mistakes all the time, especially members of congress. Yes he should be punished. But the rest of his life shouldn't be ruined. In today's military false accusations, events blown out of proportion are handled in the same manner in a soviet manner, full punishment for some and none for others very injust. The colonel has served his country. How many careers have been ruined by false accusations. I lied and falsely accused an officer of doing wrong in order to get back at him. His career is now ruined because I was a little brat.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:49 PM
    Finally! Now I know why there were always drunk Marines passed out on my front lawn! "He is held to higher standard because he is an officer and was the commander of the base. He is supposed to be setting the example not being stupid."
  • by Jess Location: New Bern on Jan 27, 2011 at 05:24 PM
    Marine or not, Nice guy or not, Medal of Honor recipient or not, don't care. No sympathy. Yes, We all make mistakes but men of integrity accept the consequenses.
  • by Anonymous on Jan 27, 2011 at 02:31 PM
    He is held to higher standard becuase he is an officer and was the commander of the base. He is supposed to be setting the example not being stupid. The fact that he had another incident after this one proves he didn't learn anything. I'm sure he had done this a couple of times as well.
  • by Moderators Nightmare on Jan 27, 2011 at 01:14 PM
    He DIDN'T run over anyone. There IS a difference Justin. When someone DOES then go for blood!
  • by Justin Location: ENC on Jan 27, 2011 at 11:32 AM
    NOBODY should be above the law. If he ran over a kid would you still feel the same? Throw the book at him. "Booze it & Loose it"
  • by eric here on Jan 27, 2011 at 08:10 AM
    rules r rules if u break them u need to b held accountable regardless of anything else it sucks what happened but no one says to themselves i am going to get drunk then drive prior to drinking something went wrong or he didnt care i dont know but put everything aside he was drunk and driving he endangered lives and broke the law he must b held accountable or other people that have served and have distinguished themselves will think its ok to break the law
  • by New Bern Location: New Bern on Jan 27, 2011 at 07:53 AM
    I AGREE WITH YOU 100 PERCENT, DO YOU KNOW HOW MANY OF MY GUY FRIENDS GET ARRESTED FOR DRUNK DRIVING AND BC THERE NOT A HIGHER UP THEY DONT GET IN AS MUCH TROUBLE. I THINK THATS RIDICULOUS, IF YOUR GONNA TREAT HIM THIS WAY TREAT EVERYONE ELSE THE SAME! THANKS FOR SERVING!
  • by 2 cents worth Location: Greenville on Jan 27, 2011 at 07:39 AM
    I am retired from the military and I hope they don't do what they did to me when I got a dwi. The Col. is a good man and he is like everyone else, you can make a mistake.
  • by MOMOF4 Location: HAVELOCK on Jan 27, 2011 at 07:12 AM
    HE IS STILL A HERO TO US ALL. THANK YOU FOR SERVING .IT'S A VERY GAY THING HOW THEY HANDEL THIS CASE . YOU MIGHT AS WELL KICK OUT OVER HALF THE MILLITARY FOR DRUG'S NOT TALKING ABOUT POT IM TALKING ABOUT THE SPEED AND DRUNK DRIVING .WE PRAY FOR YOU SO YOUR HEARING GOES WELL SIR.
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