Former U.S. Sen. Scott Brown, who last year retired as a Colonel in the National Guard after 35 years of service, is calling for a “full and impartial” probe of the circumstances that led to the conviction of former New Hampshire Army National Guard Commander Ray Valas on child sex trafficking charges.
Valas is serving a 15-year sentence while appealing his conviction.
“I am deeply concerned that the early warning signs about this case were ignored and Guard leadership mismanaged the entire incident,” Brown wrote in a letter today to Gov. Maggie Hassan, state Senate President Chuck Morse and House Speaker Shawn Jasper. He cited a March 22 report in the Concord Monitor.
Brown, who lost to Sen. Jeanne Shaheen in a bid for a New Hampshire U.S. Senate seat last year, noted that he during his service in the Guard he was involved in “re-writing the sexual assault regulations for the entire National Guard.” He wrote that he is “very troubled by these developments” and accused Gov. Maggie Hassan’s office of “refusing to answer relevant questions about other complaints it has received about the Guard.”
Brown’s full letter can be viewed here.