New England News
6:00 pm
Wed September 19, 2012

Head of Mass. national guard retires after probe

Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick says he has accepted the resignation of the commander of the Massachusetts National Guard, who was under investigation for an alleged rape in Florida in 1984.

Maj. Gen. Joseph Carter was placed on paid leave by Patrick in March, pending a criminal investigation by the U.S. Army.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Patrick said he has received the final report from the Army and that investigators had been unable to reach "definitive conclusions" about the allegations and Carter would not be prosecuted. But Patrick said the report raised "serious concerns" about Carter's actions.

The governor said Carter informed him on Wednesday that he planned to retire.

Maj. Gen. Leon Scott Rice will continue to serve as acting adjutant general of the Massachusetts National Guard.

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