- Associated Press - Wednesday, October 15, 2014

PARRIS ISLAND, S.C. (AP) - An assault charge against a former sergeant major at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot at Parris Island has been dismissed.

The Beaufort Gazette reports (https://bit.ly/1w6PBAY) that 44-year-old Sgt. Maj. Paul Archie was charged with third-degree assault and battery following a June 5 incident in which he knocked the hat off the head of a protester at the base gate.

Archie later resigned and has now retired from the Corps.

Archie’s attorney Jeffery Stephens tells the newspaper the charge was dropped last week during a pretrial hearing in Port Royal.

Stephens says there was no evidence that Archie meant to hurt the protester. The protester was protesting negotiations that led to the exchange of U.S. Army Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl for five Taliban prisoners.

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Information from: The Beaufort Gazette, https://www.beaufortgazette.com

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