Navy officer pleads guilty for failures in recruit’s death

A Marine Corps officer, responsible for the training of the recruits at a South Carolina base where a violently abused military volunteer suicide admits that he is guilty of dereliction of duty and other charges.

Marine Corps spokesman Capt. Joshua Pena said Tuesday that Lt.-Col. Joshua Kissoon also pled guilty to making false official statements and conduct improper an officer just before his court-martial was to begin in Quantico, Virginia, on Monday.

Kissoon had command responsibilities at Parris Island, South Carolina, at a time when the drill instructors hitting, pinching and kicking recruits.

The abuse came to light after the March 2016 suicide of Raheel Siddiqui of Taylor, Michigan. He was one of the three Muslim-American recruits by a drill instructor who is now sentenced to 10 years in prison.

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