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Sanchez investigation wraps up today


By John Hoellwarth - Staff writer
Posted : Sunday Apr 1, 2007 8:22:25 EDT

The Corps on Friday was slated to wrap up an investigation into allegations that a corporal in the Individual Ready Reserve who appeared in gay porn films before enlisting solicited more than $12,000 from private organizations by asking them to fund a deployment to Iraq he never made, according to e-mails from the investigating officer forwarded to Marine Corps Times.

Reserve Col. Charles Jones, a staff judge advocate called to Marine Corps Mobilization Command in Kansas City, Mo., on temporary orders that expire Saturday, informed Reserve Cpl. Matt Sanchez of the allegations against him in a March 22 e-mail that advised Sanchez of his rights.

Jones wrote that Sanchez’s participation in porn films was part of the investigation, but that two of the three allegations against him involved lying “to various people, including but not limited to, representatives of the New York City United War Veterans Council and U-Haul Corporation” about deploying to Iraq at the commandant’s request.

“Specifically, you wrongfully solicited funds to support your purported deployment to Iraq” by coordinating a $300 payment from the UWVC and $12,000 from U-Haul, Jones wrote.

In an interview Thursday with Marine Corps Times, Sanchez said the fund-raising allegations are “demonstrably false” and that he never collected money from either organization.

Sanchez, 36, recently admitted to appearing in such films as “Man to Men” and “Jawbreaker” in the early 1990s under the name Rod Majors after liberal bloggers identified him from photos taken at the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington, D.C., during the first week of March.

In a March letter addressed to MobCom commander Brig. Gen. Darrell Moore, who will ultimately decide what to do with Jones’ investigation, Sanchez said he’s never done anything to bring dishonor on the Corps since enlisting and that “my past is behind me.”

“The Marine Corps is a conversion experience, what men were before they joined is not as important as what they become,” Sanchez wrote.

Sanchez has risen to prominence in recent months after accusing other students at Columbia University, where he is also a student, of publicly ridiculing him for serving in the military. They have also posted signs of him around campus as part of an anti-war campaign.

Sanchez wrote columns for newspapers, including Marine Corps Times, explaining his side of the Columbia dispute. He also appeared at the conservative conference in Washington, where he was embraced by right-wing personalities. Shortly after that appearance, news of his gay porn past came to light.

Jones, who is also a history writer, pens a monthly “Lore of the Corps” item in Marine Corps Times.

See previous story: http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2007/03/mcsanchez070309/

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