Five Marines disciplined so far in nude
photo scandal: report
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[May 06, 2017]
(Reuters) - Five U.S. Marines have
been disciplined for their involvement in a nude photo sharing scandal
that targeted women in the military and investigators have identified
another 16 suspects who may have committed crimes, the Marine Times
reported on Friday.
The Marine Corps was rattled when it was revealed in March that private
Facebook group "Marines United" was used to surreptitiously distribute
explicit images of women in the armed forces - often with obscene,
The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is investigating the matter.
U.S. senators on Capitol Hill in March grilled the Navy and the Marine
Corps' top leaders, demanding they aggressively combat online
The five Marines who were disciplined received non-judicial punishment
and were not referred to a summary court-martial, the Marine Times
reported, citing a military spokesman.
Reuters could not immediately confirm the report or reach
representatives for the Marines or the Naval Criminal Investigative
Aside from the five Marines, investigators have identified 16 suspects -
most of them Marines - who may have committed crimes in relation to the
photo sharing scandal, a Naval Criminal Investigative Service spokesman
told the Marine Times.
The report from Marine Times did not identify anyone who was disciplined
or who could face charges.
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It was not clear what exact conduct the Marines who were disciplined
took part in.
The U.S. Code of Military Justice outlaws distribution of sexually
explicit photos of others without their consent as an offense
punishable by court-martial.
Two women from the U.S. Marine Corps, one still on active duty, came
forward in March as victims of the photo sharing scandal in an
appearance with their Los Angeles-based attorney, Gloria Allred.
"I can tell you that this exact behavior leads to the normalization
of sexual harassment and even sexual violence," Erika Butner, 23,
who served in the Marines for four years before leaving the service,
said at the news conference in March.
(Reporting by Alex Dobuzinskis in Los Angeles; Editing by Nick
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