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Ex-Camp Pendleton commander faces domestic violence charges

SAN DIEGO — The Marine Corps says a former commanding officer at Camp Pendleton will face charges related to domestic violence allegations that cost him his command earlier this year.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reported Thursday that Lt. Col. Francisco Zavala is accused of assault, destruction of property, making false statements and conduct unbecoming an officer. Zavala could not be reached for comment.

A preliminary hearing is scheduled for October to determine whether there is evidence to proceed with a court-martial.

The Corps declined to release a detailed charge sheet. The military news website Task and Purpose reported the 43-year-old is accused of hitting his wife in the face and taking her phone to prevent her from calling 911. Zavala’s wife filed for divorce and a restraining order.

Zavala was commander of the 1st Reconnaissance Battalion.

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Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune, http://www.utsandiego.com

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