US Marine Officer Who Critiqued Pentagon Top Brass Over Afghan Exit Pleads Guilty to Several Charges
© Blogger photo Facebook/@Stuart Scheller/screenshot videoStuart Scheller to the American leadership
Lieutenant Colonel Stuart Scheller rose to infamy after videos posted to Facebook and LinkedIn showed the decorated Marine officer demanding accountability from Pentagon leadership for the messy pullout of US forces from Afghanistan. Scheller, who was seen in his uniform during the social media rants, has since been slapped with six charges.
Scheller, appearing Thursday at a court-martial hearing at Martin Corps Base Camp Lejeune in North Carolina, pleaded guilty to a total of six misdemeanor charges: contempt toward officers, willfully disobeying a superior commissioned officer, failure to obey lawful general orders, dereliction in the performance of duties and conduct unbecoming an officer and a gentleman.
The agreement with prosecutors called for Scheller to forfeit $5,000 per month for six months and resign his commission. Prosecutors also called for the decorated Marine to receive a punitive letter of reprimand, and an honorable discharge or general under honorable conditions.
Scheller's calls for accountability continued in his prepared testimony for Thursday.
"Since this endeavor began, not a single general officer has accepted accountability," the decorated Marine wrote, according to a copy obtained by the Washington Times.
"I am standing here pleading guilty. This is me accepting accountability. But it deeply pains me that my senior leaders are incapable of being as courageous," Scheller said, adding that he hoped his admission of guilt inspires the top Pentagon brass to do the same.