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Rep. Chu Reacts to Second Ruling in Danny Chen Military Hazing Case

August 15, 2012
Press Release

Washington, DC – On Monday, August 13, the second ruling in the Private Danny Chen military hazing case was delivered.  The defendant, Specialist Ryan J. Offutt, pleaded guilty to one count of hazing and two specifications of maltreatment, receiving a six-month prison sentence as well as a demotion in rank and a bad conduct discharge.  Congresswoman Chu, who lost her own nephew, Lance Cpl Harry Lew, to military hazing in April of 2011, released the following statement:

“The Army’s decision to discharge Offutt is a step in the right direction and sends a strong signal that hazing is not acceptable in our armed forces.  However, the price he will pay is still far less than what is commensurate for his crimes.  In six months, his nightmare will be over.  For Danny’s family, the nightmare of losing their son will never end.

“I hope that the Chen family finds some degree of solace in Offutt’s sentence, but we must do more to deter this abhorrent behavior and hold perpetrators accountable.”