Marine Instructor Charged with 225 Counts Related to Abuse

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - They're often portrayed in movies as tough, but this real-life Marine drill instructor is accused of going too far in abusing recruits.

Sergeant Jerrod Glass is facing 225 criminal counts of assault, cruelty, maltreatment and failure to obey orders in connection with more than 100 incidents last winter.

According to court documents, Glass allegedly hit recruits with a tent pole and a heavy flashlight, and in one case, ordered a recruit to jump head first-first into a trash can. He had been a drill sergeant for less than a year when he was relieved of duty in February at the Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego.

Glass didn't enter a plea during a court appearance this week.

Two other drill instructors are facing special courts-martial in the case.