Military Alleges Sexual Misconduct in Soldier's Hazing Death

Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar (Army Photo)
Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar (Army Photo)

NORFOLK, Va. — Military prosecutors in Virginia say they intend to file sexual misconduct charges against a U.S. Marine and a Navy SEAL who already face murder charges in the 2017 hazing death of a U.S. Green Beret in Africa.

The prosecutors announced the new allegation Monday during a preliminary hearing in Norfolk for the case against SEAL Tony DeDolph and Marine Mario Madera-Rodriguez.

DeDolph and Madera-Rodriguez are among four servicemen charged in the strangulation death of Army Staff Sgt. Logan Melgar in Mali. Marine Staff Sgt. Kevin Maxwell Jr. and SEAL Adam Matthews pleaded guilty to lesser charges and received prison sentences.

Matthews and Maxwell have testified that Melgar's death was as a botched attempt to "embarrass" the unpopular Melgar. Prosecutors said the men also intended to "molest" Melgar on video as part of the hazing.

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