Despite pleas from Air Force lawyers, the service is declining to charge a military doctor after he was accused of sexually and physically abusing two elementary-school-aged boys. (Creatas/iStock)

 

Despite pleas from Air Force lawyers, the service is declining to charge a military doctor accused of sexually and physically abusing two elementary-school-aged boys.

The accusations, which included sodomy, black eyes and cuts, were dismissed on June 15 after an Air Force two-star general determined that the evidence uncovered was “inconclusive,” according to interviews and documents obtained by USA Today.

The allegations were against Col. Eric Holt, a battlefield physician wounded by an improvised explosive device during a night-time raid in Afghanistan in 2009. Holt transferred into anesthesiology after his injury, as chronicled by Bethesda Magazine, and moved on to work at the Uniformed Services University of Health Sciences.

Lawyers for the two boys wrote a letter on June 14 to Air Force officials urging charges be pursued against Holt, citing photographs of the boys’ injuries and expert testimony supporting the truthfulness of their accounts.

The allegations caught the attention of some Congress members — including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and Massachusetts Democratic Reps. Joe Kennedy III and Niki Tsongas. Those three members co-authored a letter calling for Air Force Secretary Heather Wilson and Chief of Staff Gen. Dave Goldfein to review the case.

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