Another day, another sex-related scandal involving military personnel; this one with an added twist of civilian workers employed by the Department of Defense.
Although the ads were actually discovered last year by the Criminal Investigative Division, the news was published this morning by the Los Angeles Times as the punishments were handed down.
In all, there were eleven military personnel involved, including seven Marines, two sailors, one soldier and one airman. Six civilian employees were implicated as well as one non-American who was immediately asked to leave Afghanistan.
According to the Los Angeles Times:
The investigations were done for CID by personnel from the Marines' 1st Law Enforcement Battalion while the group was deployed to Camp Leatherneck in Helmand province, which was then under the command of the Camp Pendleton-based 1st Marine Expeditionary Force.
No specific site was listed in the released information, however, the ads involved, “men seeking men” and “men seeking women”, a common format for online sites such as Craigslist.org.
The news report specifically stated that none of the ads were soliciting for underage partners.
Military personnel are specifically told that Internet ads are prohibited.
It is unknown if the civilian employees were fired by the government; what is known is that the military personnel were dealt with individually by their commanding officers with punishments up to, but not necessarily including, loss of rank, fines, and/or duty restrictions.
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