Charges against Roslindale Marine recruiter detailed

Authorities have detailed charges faced by a Marine recruiter from Roslindale who was taken into military custody earlier this month.

Gunnery Sergeant Frank Lipka remains in military custody for drunken driving, absence without authorization from work, and an altercation with two other Marines in his unit, Captain Gerard R. Farao said in an e-mail Friday.

Lipka, Farao said, was escorted by Marines to the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston, S.C., where he was taken into custody Feb. 1.


Farao, citing an ongoing investigation, declined to comment further.

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Lipka had recruited Joseph Brancato, a 21-year-old from Winthrop who has been missing since mid-November. Lipka was living and training with Brancato at the time of the latter’s disappearance, according to Brancato’s family.

The charges Lipka faces are unrelated to the ongoing investigation into Brancato’s disappearance, Naval Criminal Investigative Service spokesman Ed Buice said earlier this week.

Brancato, 21, had moved in with Lipka last September in the hopes of getting into shape, said his aunt, Andrea Brancato Walke. Brancato had been rejected from the Marines at least twice previously, she said.

Farao on Friday deferred comment regarding Brancato’s disappearance to Boston police. Boston police did not immediately return a message left late Friday afternoon.

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