Marine sentenced to time served after being accused of sexually assaulting 14-year-old in his barracks room

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The Marine who claims he thought he was having a relationship with 21-year-old girl he met on Tinder has agreed to a plea deal that dropped one of his charges.

PFC. Avery L. Rosario, assigned to the 1st Marine Logistics Group at Camp Pendleton, had the charge of sexual assault withdrawn one week before his general court-martial was expected to start.

The charge was connected to an alleged sexual assault of a girl he met on Tinder but turned out to be a missing 14-year-old girl.

She was found in his barracks on Camp Pendleton in late June of last year.

Rosario pleaded guilty to a “breach of restriction” charge and each of its two specifications Tuesday afternoon, in exchange for the sexual assault charge being dropped.

In the plea agreement, military prosecutors re-referred Rosario to a special court-martial for the charge of “breach of restriction,” but did not re-refer the sexual assault charge.

Rosario was on restriction at the time because he failed a drug for THC, according to NBC.

His unit released the following statement:

“On April 2, 2024, the convening authority for Private First Class Avery L. Rosario’s general court-martial approved a plea agreement put forward by the defense counsel. Select charges have been dismissed. The remaining charges were referred to a special court-martial on April 9, 2024. At the hearing, the accused pled guilty to Article 87b of the Uniform Code of Military Justice (breach of restriction). Under the agreement, Rosario was sentenced to time served and agreed to be administratively separated from the Marine Corps. As always, the command respects the legal process and the rights of all individuals affected by the case.”

In court Tuesday, Rosario admitted to leaving Camp Pendleton without permission on June 27, 2023, to meet the teenager.

Rosario said that “earning the title of Marine is something I will always be proud of,” after admitting he knew what he did was wrong.

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