The former commanding officer at Camp Edwards has resigned as adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard, even though federal investigators were unable to substantiate a rape allegation against him.
Joseph Carter, who has been on paid leave since March, is stepping down from the $173,214 per year job running the Guard. He is also the former police chief in Oak Bluffs.
"For some months now, the U.S. Army has conducted a criminal investigation into allegations of misconduct by General Joseph Carter, adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard. I have now received their final report. Although the investigators were unable to reach definitive conclusions about the allegations and federal authorities declined to prosecute, the report raises serious concerns about the General's actions and his response to the allegations," Gov. Deval Patrick said in a prepared statement.
"It is clear to me that General Carter can no longer serve as Adjutant General. He has informed me today that he will retire from the National Guard and I have accepted his resignation."
Gen. L. Scott Rice will continue to serve as the interim adjutant general, Patrick said.
"This is a disappointing end to a 30-year career of service leadership. But we agree that General Carter's resignation is in the best interest of the National Guard and the people of Massachusetts," Patrick said. "I have the utmost confidence that the men and women of the National Guard will continue to serve with professionalism and honor."
The rape allegation was made public in March, but dates back to his time serving with the military police in Hyannis. The alleged rape occurred while he was on a military exercise in Florida.
In March, in a brief statement, Carter denied the allegations and denied even knowing the woman who accused him.