Two Marines Discharged, Others Face Possible Discharge in Porn Scandal
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.