General Joseph Carter (Photo credit: National Guard)

Head of Massachusetts National Guard Faces Rape Allegation


Rodrique Ngowi
March 30, 2012


Gov. Deval Patrick has suspended the commander of the Massachusetts National Guard while the U.S. Army investigates allegations that he raped a subordinate in Florida nearly 30 years ago.

Patrick placed the Maj. Gen. Joseph Carter, the guard’s adjutant general, on paid leave immediately after Carter told him Thursday that the Army was investigating the rape allegation, Secretary of Public Safety Mary Beth Heffernan said Friday. Carter said he is cooperating with the investigation but denies the charge.

It was not immediately clear what prompted the investigation by the Army’s Criminal Investigation Command. An Army spokesman did not immediately return calls for comment. A spokesman for the Criminal Investigation Command did not immediately respond to a call and an email asking whether there is new evidence to support the allegation and what triggered the inquiry now.

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