Green Beret Discharged For Beating Alleged Afghan Child Rapist Tells His Side Of The Story

Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland is an Army Green Beret.  He is being separated involuntarily from the U.S. Army for kicking and body slamming an Afghan police commander he describes as a “brutal child rapist.”  He began telling his side of the story Monday. 

Pamela Geller Reports:
“Green Beret discharged for beating alleged child rapist speaks out,” by Jake Tapper and Kim Berryman, CNN, September 28, 2015:

(CNN)Sergeant 1st Class Charles Martland, the Green Beret being separated involuntarily from the U.S. Army for kicking and body slamming an Afghan police commander he describes as a “brutal child rapist,” began telling his side of the story Monday.

Martland is under a gag order imposed by the Pentagon, but at the request of Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif, he wrote a statement detailing his actions on Sept. 6, 2011, which was obtained by CNN.

“Kicking me out of the army is morally wrong and the entire country knows it,” Martland writes. Last week the Army rejected his appeal.


Martland and former Captain Daniel Quinn were disciplined by the Army after they beat a powerful local police official who they concluded had been raping a small boy. They say they had been encouraged by higher-ups that there was nothing to do about such horrific acts, that these were Afghan problems for the Afghan authorities to work out.

But the Afghan authorities wouldn’t do anything about it, the two soldiers say.

“Our ALP (Afghan Local Police) were committing atrocities and we were quickly losing the support of the local populace,” Martland writes in his statement. “The severity of the rapes and the lack of action by the Afghan Government caused many of the locals to view our ALP as worse than the Taliban.”

Quinn and Martland were told by a young Afghan boy and his mother, through an Afghan interpreter, that the boy had been tied to a post at the home of Afghan Local Police commander Abdul Rahman and raped repeatedly for up to two weeks. When his mother tried to stop the attacks, they told the soldiers, Rahman’s brother beat her. Quinn says he verified the story with other ALP commanders from neighboring villages. Then they invited Rahman to the camp.

“After the child rapist laughed it off and referenced that it was only a boy, Captain Quinn picked him up and threw him,” Martland writes. Martland then proceeded to “body slam him multiple times,” kick him in the rib cage, and put his foot on his neck. “I continued to body slam him and throw him for fifty meters until he was outside the camp,” Martland writes. “He was never knocked out, and he ran away from our camp.” The incident lasted no more than five minutes, he says.

Quinn told CNN’s “The Lead” last week “We basically had to make sure that he fully understood that if he ever went near that boy or his mother again, there was going to be hell to pay.”


“While I understand that a military lawyer can say that I was legally wrong, we felt a moral obligation to act,” Martland writes.

Quinn told CNN that they took the action they took because otherwise nothing would be done by the Army or local authorities. “The reason we weren’t able to step in with these local rape cases was we didn’t want to undermine the authority of the local government,” he said. “We were trying to build up the local government. Us acting after the local government fails to can certainly undermine their credibility.”

The Pentagon denies that telling soldiers to look the other way is official practice.

“We have never had a policy in place that directs any military member, or any government personnel overseas to ignore human rights abuses,” Defense spokesman Capt. Jeff Davis said. “Any sexual abuse, no matter who the alleged perpetrator and no matter who the victim, is completely unacceptable and reprehensible.”

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  1. G!!! D!!!! Now that’s a real man!!!!###!!!####!!##!!! Fkn therapeutic beating for a mutant!!!!# Way to gooo brooo!!!!!#! Yo da man!!!!! Had to therapeutize a few mutants in my day also!!!! It’s for their own good!!!!!#!####! 😉

  2. even thinking about this makes me ill…in my dream world if I saw that I would have shot the guy and anyone else doing that…my temper would have gotten the best of me…this is too much…to put up with a crime and abuse …no way….

  3. I have lived this-my daughter was abused by her grandfather beginning at 5 years old. I would have killed him myself had my pistol not been taken away from me. NO CHILD SHOULD LIVE IN FEAR nor be subjected to horrendous abuse. Uultimaltey her offender committed suicide–coward. I commend Captain Quinn for taking a stand. You are a TRUE HERO-our politicians and leaders are nuts sometimes. Thank you for your service. I promise your actions spoke volumes to the young victim and he shall never forget you taking a stand for him. I salute you.

    • that is right…orders be damned…when I read about this and what was happening to young teen boys…I got literally sick…I raised 4sons and 1 daughter…the thought of them suffering like that…it makes me sick..those infidles need to be shot…bashing them wasn’t good enough..

  4. Do you think Obama has a problem with a pedophile? Do you think his hand picked group of Pentagon people see it as wrong? Behold, a real man acting like a real man and defending a child and his mother. God bless you, Sargent.

  5. He handled it the only way that made since to him, since the Afghan officials were doing nothing to stop him. That one piece of crap was destroying all the hard work our boys were doing over there, with training the ALP to help them protect and serve their own people. Its disgusting on it’s own but from a commander of the police no less!

  6. What does “separated involuntarily” mean? This Green Beret not only deserves an honorable discharge (when he decides to leave), but commendations. What is his congressman doing for him? What can we do for him? God Bless you, Sgt. Martland!

  7. Obama’s love for the Muslim ways id dragging this country into the mud pit and he will drag us to hell. If he isn’t stopped this 2016 before his term is up he will do more damage than this country can even imagine. Congress has got to grow some balls and tie his hands in 2016.

  8. So, when is he going to get invited to the White House and praised for standing up and doing the right thing even though he knew it was against orders? Or is that only for Muslims?


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