NCIS: Marines United probe expands to about 20 victims
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published: March 18, 2017
WASHINGTON – The Naval Criminal Investigative Service confirmed Friday its probe into nude photo sharing on the Marines United Facebook page has expanded to other sites on the Internet and said it has now identified about 20 victims.
Curtis Evans, an NCIS division chief, said he did not divulge how many sites are now under investigation for hosting photos but he believes the number of victims could grow. Stars and Stripes identified at least two additional web pages where anonymous users claiming to be active-duty servicemembers regularly share explicit photographs of women who are purported to be in the military.
“We have expanded it based on the criminal intelligence that has come in to other groups outside of Facebook groups too,” Evans told reporters at the Pentagon.
The Internet sites are often private and can be created and closed within days, he said. The Air Force, Army and Coast Guard investigative divisions are now involved and working with NCIS and the Marine Corps.
Meanwhile, the probe of Marines United – the defunct Facebook page that sparked the scandal – consists of tips and hundreds of pages of screenshots handed over last month by Thomas Brennan, a journalist with the War Horse and veteran who blew the whistle on the nude photo sharing activity.
Before shutting down, the site had about 30,000 members and was used by some members to post revealing and sometimes nude photos of the Marines, identifying information such as names and duty stations, and degrading and misogynistic comments.
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