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Two Marines Discharged, Others Face Possible Discharge in Porn Scandal

January 6, 1994

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (AP) _ Two Marines have been discharged for their alleged involvement in a mail- order pornography ring.

An internal investigation identified 10 Marines - nine men and a woman - who posed for sexually explicit pictures, Camp Pendleton officials said.

In addition to the two Marines discharged and three others who might be, a sixth Marine was disciplined but remains in the Corps and a seventh faces similar punishment, said Camp Pendleton spokesman Sgt. Marc Lobdell.

An eighth Marine faces a hearing to determine whether a court-martial is necessary. A ninth was discharged ″for other misconduct which occurred prior to the start of the investigation,″ base officials said in a statement.

The status of any disciplinary action taken against the 10th Marine was unavailable Wednesday, Lobdell said.

Luciano Ceballos-Vasquez, a self-desribed porn kingpin, said he photographed Marines engaged in homosexual acts. But Chief Warrant Officer Mike Hedlund, a base spokesman, said the photos depicted no homosexual activity.

Some of the Marines were identified from photographs police seized at Ceballos-Vasquez’s house.

Marine regulations bar personnel from involvement in pornography. Police found no violation of civilian law and dropped their investigation.

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