Marine Corps defends subdued response to nude photo scandal
WASHINGTON — The sergeant major of the Marine Corps said Wednesday that the service has toned down its response to a nude photo-sharing scandal because it could impede an investigation and prosecution.
Sgt. Maj. Ronald Green told a House panel that comments by the service’s former commandant in reaction to widespread sexual assault in 2012 was rebuked by the judicial system as counter-productive and the Marines are concerned strong statements could again complicate the scandal.
A private Facebook group with 30,000 members is under investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service for reports that it posted nude and compromising photos of female Marines that sometimes included their names, rank and duty stations.
Gen. Robert Neller, the Marine Corps commandant, released a video statement Tuesday calling the revelation embarrassing and a violation of the service’s values, though the statement steered clear of addressing potential sexual assault or the details of the growing scandal.
“I understand everyone wants us to come out and be outraged and we are outraged,” Green said.
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