FACT CHECK: Did The U.S. Judge Advocate General’s Corps Convict Miguel Cardona Of Child Endangerment?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook purports the Judge Advocate General’s (JAG) Corps has convicted Education Secretary Miguel Cardona of child endangerment.

Verdict: False

The claim stems from a satirical website. A spokesperson for the Navy JAG Corps denied the claim.

Fact Check:

Cardona recently attended a summit focused on reimagining education following the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a Dec. 9 press release from the U.S. Department of Education. Cardona is also working closely with President Joe Biden on his student debt relief program, Axios reported.

The Facebook post purports the JAG Corps has convicted Cardona of child endangerment. The post further claims Cardona was ordered to be incarcerated at Guantanamo Bay for 20 years following a military trial.

The claim is false. There are no credible news reports suggesting JAG has convicted Cardona of child endangerment or that he would serve 20 years at Guantanamo Bay on such charges. Likewise, the claim neither appears on Navy JAG’s website nor its verified social media accounts. Cardona also has not publicly commented on the purported claim via his government or personal Twitter accounts.

A keyword search reveals the claim stems from a Dec. 12 article published on the website “Real Raw News.” A disclaimer included on the site’s “About Us” page indicates it contains “humor, parody, and satire.” (RELATED: Did The Navy JAG Corps Release The Name Of A Hollywood Producer It Purportedly Arrested?)

“This is not true,” Navy JAG spokesperson Devin Arneson said of the claim in an email to Check Your Fact.

The latest claim is a follow-up to a Nov. 25 article from the website, which purported Cardona had been arrested by U.S. Marines at his Connecticut home on Thanksgiving Day of this year. Cardona supposedly sent letters to multiple school districts across the U.S. encouraging them to hire non-binary teachers and teach gender-reassignment surgery, according to the article.

Check Your Fact has also contacted the U.S. Department of Education for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter

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