Marine Corps prosecutors Monday dropped sexual-assault charges against a sergeant accused in April of having sex with a female Marine reportedly too intoxicated to consent.
Sgt. Morgan Bergdahl, of Combat Logistics Battalion 31, 31st Marine Expeditionary Unit, was scheduled to appear Monday for the start of court-martial proceedings on four counts of sexual assault and four of abusive sexual contact.
“The charges against Sgt. Bergdahl have been dismissed without prejudice,” III Marine Expeditionary Force spokesman 1st Lt. David Mancilla wrote in an email to Stars and Stripes.
Mancilla did not explain specifically why the charges were dropped. He referred to the Manual for Courts-Martial, including a section that requires authorities to take the victim’s views into consideration before dismissing charges.
A dismissal without prejudice means the charges against Bergdahl could be re-filed later.
Bergdahl had been held in pretrial confinement on Okinawa since April 25.