Marine found with missing teen girl in barracks may have met her on dating app

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New details have emerged in the investigation of how exactly a US Marine was found with a 14-year-old girl in his California barracks.

The meat and potatoes of the story lie within the details – at the time of her discovery, the 14-year-old girl had been reported missing for almost a month, yet she had been in the Camp Pendleton barracks for only 24 hours.

The Marine involved in the incident and the minor both reportedly met on Tinder, with the girl claiming that she was 22 years old on her profile.

While the Marine was initially misled, the phone data he turned over to law enforcement revealed that the teenager eventually admitted to lying about her age, which did not deter the Marine.

Even if the teenager had not admitted to lying about her age, such circumstances would not help the Marine’s case during his court-martial.

According to Military.com, the Marine was cooperative with law enforcement and even admitted to engaging in sexual contact with the minor.

The female victim claims that she has been trafficked and pimped out for sex by an unknown male perpetrator, though no substantial evidence has been uncovered to verify her claims.

The family of the minor claim that the US military is currently covering up the sex trafficking angle, further insinuating that they are afraid of retaliation by the Department of Defense if they push the matter any further.

“Our family is worried about retaliation from the military and the man that has trafficked my niece,” the girl’s aunt, Cassaundra Perez, said in a TikTok video.

It should be noted that the teenager has a lengthy habit of running away from home.

Interestingly, it should also be added that one of the Marines interviewed as a witness claimed that when the girl was brought on base, the guards at the gate did not ask for her ID.

Both the Department of Defense and local law enforcement agencies are working together as the investigation continues.

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