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Guard chief says rape charge part of ‘smear’

The commander of the Massachusetts National Guard says that rape allegations against him are part of a years-long “smear campaign’’ by a powerful group of senior officers at the Guard’s Milford headquarters who opposed his efforts to make them work a five-day week and to change a state law so they could be fired without a court-martial.

“I didn’t commit any rape,’’ Adjutant General Joseph C. Carter said this week in his first extensive comments since he was placed on administrative leave while investigators look into charges that he raped a subordinate in 1984. Until now, he has only issued a brief statement denying the charge.

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