04/17/2013

Records: Army allowed Santa Cruz cop killer to resign

Jeremy Goulet's criminal records show he resigned from the military instead of face a court-martial after he was twice accused of rape

By Martha Mendoza
AP National Writer

SANTA CRUZ, Calif. — Records show the Army commander of a former soldier who gunned down two California police detectives had allowed him to resign from the military instead of face a court-martial after he was twice accused of rape.

The findings are contained in Jeremy Goulet's criminal records obtained by The Associated Press on Tuesday. Authorities say Goulet gunned down two Santa Cruz police detectives before being killed in a shootout on Feb. 26

The records show investigators found probable cause to prosecute Goulet in 2006, but his commander allowed him to resign for the good of the service instead of facing a general court-martial under other than honorable conditions.

Former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta and members of Congress demanded investigations into Goulet's discharge after the attack in Santa Cruz detectives.

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