An unidentified Marine stationed at Camp Pendleton, California, faces charges of sexual assault of a minor after the discovery of a missing 14-year-old girl at the base barracks in June, officials have confirmed, ABC News reported.
Unidentified Marine Charged With Sexual Assault Of Minor
The unidentified Marine has been charged with sexual assault of a minor as well as violating liberty restriction from a prior, unrelated case, according to Capt. Charles Palmer, spokesperson for the 1st Marine Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton.
A preliminary hearing for the unidentified Marine is scheduled for August 17 at Camp Pendleton. Following the hearing, a comprehensive review of charges and evidence will be conducted to determine whether the case proceeds to court-martial.
Palmer emphasized the importance of respecting the ongoing investigation’s integrity and the subject’s rights, stressing that charges are allegations, and all service members are presumed innocent until proven guilty.
In July, the unidentified Marine had been released after questioning by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, triggered by the discovery of the missing 14-year-old girl on June 28 at a barracks within Camp Pendleton. The girl had been reported missing on June 10 by her family.
Allegations Of Sexual Assault to the Unidentified Marine
Allegations of sexual assault against the unidentified Marine were made by the girl’s family members on social media against a Marine stationed at the base. The unidentified Marine in question was linked to the Combat Logistics Battalion 5, 1st Marine Logistics Group based at Camp Pendleton, as confirmed by Palmer.
Previously, a video posted on social media had depicted a Marine, identified as the same individual, being escorted by military police outside of a barracks at the base while in handcuffs.
As the case unfolds, it underscores the military’s commitment to addressing serious allegations promptly and thoroughly while preserving the rights of all parties involved.