Fmr. Cherry Point Commander Remains In Marine Corps, No Reduction In Rank

A former Cherry Point commander will not be kicked out of the Marine Corps, or lose any rank after pleading guilty Friday in a court martial.

Col. Douglas Denn was removed as air station commanding officer last year after his arrest by Newport police on drunk driving charges.

Denn had already pleaded guilty to charges in civilian court, while the military decided to pursue a court martial.

He pleaded guilty to drunken or impaired operation of a motor vehicle, unbecoming conduct of an officer/gentleman, offensive dereliction of duty, and driving with an open container after consuming alcohol.

After his guilty plea the military judge dismissed the unbecoming conduct charge.

Denn was sentenced to 60 days confinement, suspended for 12 months, fined $10,000, and given a letter a reprimand. He was not removed from the Marine Corps, or reduced in rank though the reprimand letter could likely hinder any future promotions or duty assignments.

Denn, who is an F/A-18 pilot, was accused of not telling his co-pilot the next morning about his DWI arrest as they prepared for flight. Asked by the judge Friday morning why he did it, the colonel said he simply wasn't ready to accept the reality that he ruined his career.


Previous Story

The former commanding officer at Cherry Point pleaded guilty this morning to four charges, while others pending against him were dismissed.

Col Douglas Denn was arrested by Newport police in October and charged with driving while impaired, speeding and possession of an open container. He was quickly removed from his command. He later pleaded guilty in a civilian court to driving while impaired.

In March, he was sentenced to a 60-day suspended jail sentence and three years of unsupervised probation. His court martial began this week.

Among the charges he pleaded guilty to are drunken or improper operation of a motor vehicle, unbecoming conduct of an officer/gentleman and offensive dereliction of duty.

Later, even though Denn had pleaded guilty, the military judge dismissed the unbecoming conduct charge.

Denn, who is an F/A-18 pilot, was accused of not telling his co-pilot the next morning about his DWI arrest as they prepared for flight. Asked by the judge this morning why he did it, the colonel said he simply wasn't ready to accept the reality that he ruined his career.

Denn will be sentenced today at Cherry Point and now faces up to 16 months in a military prison.



Previous Story:

Military prosecutors say they expect Cherry Point's former commander to plead guilty on Friday.

Col. Douglas Denn was in court today for a hearing in advance of his court martial on charges including driving while impaired, violating an order and dereliction of duty.

Denn was arrested by Newport police in October and charged with driving while impaired, speeding and possession of an open container. He was quickly removed from his command.

In March, he was sentenced to a 60-day suspended jail sentence and three years of unsupervised probation.

Denn is a pilot who was named commander of the Cherry Point Air Station in August 2009, but was stripped of his command shortly after his arrest.

During today's hearing the military judge denied prosecutors request for documents describing Denn's visit with a psychotherapist. Prosecutors say last summer the Marine colonel spent time at a Miami treatment center.

After the hearing prosecutors said Denn is expected to plead Friday, but won't say what those charges are. If convicted of all the charges he faces, the career Marine officer faces a maximum of 21-1/2 years in military prison, dismissal from the Marine Corps and forfeiture of all future pay.



Previous Story:

The former commanding officer at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point faces court martial proceedings after pleading guilty in civilian court to driving while impaired.

Col. Douglas Denn is scheduled to appear in a courtroom at the base on Tuesday.

Denn was arrested by Newport police in October and charged with driving while impaired, speeding and possession of an open container. He was quickly removed from his command.

In March, he was sentenced to a 60-day suspended jail sentence and three years of unsupervised probation.

Denn is a pilot who was named commander of the Cherry Point air station in August 2009.

He has received numerous decorations, including the Navy Commendation medal with three gold stars and the Marine Corps Achievement Medal with a gold star.



Previous Story:

The case of a former Marine Commanding Officer facing a court martial will proceed next week

The Marine Corps says general court martial proceedings in the case of Col. Douglas Denn will convene at Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point on Tuesday.

Denn faces a court martial on charges including driving while impaired, violating an order and dereliction of duty.

Denn was relieved of his command of Cherry Point after he was charged with DWI in October. He pleaded guilty to the charges in civilian court.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WITN

275 E. Arlington Blvd. Greenville, NC 27858 252-439-7777
Gray Television, Inc. - Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 126041513 - witn.com/a?a=126041513