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Family Says Missing Girl Raped By Marine At Camp Pendleton

Young Girl Who Was Missing Found In Marine Barracks At Camp Pendleton

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OCEANSIDE, CALIFORNIA (July 8, 2023) – The family of a young girl with a learning disability says she was raped by a marine stationed at Camp Pendleton in Oceanside.

San Diego County police are saying that the girl disappeared from her home on June 10th and was not found until June 27th at Camp Pendleton. Family members are claiming on social media that the girl was sold to a soldier for sex.

An Instgram account has shared a video of a Marine being escorted away from the base in handcuffs. The girl’s aunt has said that the military is attempting to cover up what happened.

A Marine spokesperson has confirmed that a marine with Combat Logistics Battalion 5 at Camp Pendleton was taken into custody by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service. This took place one day after the missing girl was found at the base.

A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Sexual Assaults At Camp Pendleton

Sexual assaults in the military are sadly far more common than most people would realize. According to the NVHS, “One in four female servicemembers (25%) and one in one hundred male servicemembers (1%) can expect to experience sexual trauma or assault at some point in their military career. In total, that comes out to an estimated 20,000 people each year.” Still, most instances of sexual abuse and assault go completely unreported. There are a number of steps that the military should take in order to reduce the prevalence of sexual assaults.

  • All instances of sexual assault or abuse in the military should be reported.
  • The military should increase accountability and discipline perpetrators.
  • The military should collaborate with external organizations and increase transparency.
  • The military should promote a culture of respect which seeks to lead by example.

Pursuant to California Penal Code 288(a), it is illegal for any adult in California to engage in lewd conduct with a child. It is considered statutory rape for any adult to have sex with a minor under 18 years old. Up until fairly recently, sexual assault or harassment could not be prosecuted either civilly or criminally within the U.S. Military. In 2021, California passed Senate Bill No. 352. As a consequence, sexual assault and harassment are both considered stand-alone offenses as outlined by California’s incorporation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any instance of child sexual assault by a member of the military.

  • A police report of the incident should be created.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records related to the assault should be preserved.
  • An experienced child sexual abuse attorney should be contacted.

It can be hard to know where to begin after any instance of child sexual abuse. To make matters worse, the military will almost never be totally transparent about sex crimes in their ranks. In far too many situations, they have demonstrated that they will do everything in their power to evade accountability for sexual assault. The family of any child that was sexually assaulted by a member of the military may have legal recourse through a civil claim.

Investigating Sexual Assault Claims Involving The U.S. Military

We at the Carrillo Law Firm, LLP extend our best wishes to the family of the girl found at Camp Pendleton. The military should be transparent about what happened. Any person that may have more information about what took place should do the right thing and reach out to investigators. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to prevent something similar from happening again.

Have you or someone that you care about been sexually assaulted by a member of the United States military? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of child sexual abuse attorneys are here to help in any way that we can. We care deeply that victims of sexual assault are aware of their rights and that their abusers and enablers are held to account. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 626-799-9375.

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MICHAEL S. CARRILLO, Partner

Michael works on high-profile cases that have garnered national media attention. His practice today focuses on child sexual abuse cases, police misconduct cases, catastrophic injuries and other wrongful death matters. He is a passionate advocate for his clients including the countless child sexual abuse victims he currently represents.