Many marine recruiters visit schools looking for young adults to invest in serving our country. These recruiters should have the best intentions at heart when searching for our future brave men and women to serve the United States.
Unfortunately there has been a rise in the number of sexual assaults by marine recruiters. According to CBS.com, back in 2006 over 100 young women said they had been raped or sexually abused.
Of the many cases that were brought to court, one young woman filed a lawsuit stating the recruiter told her if she wanted to join the navy then she had to have sex with him. She didn’t know what to do – she was 18 years old, and she trusted this man in uniform.
In some of these cases, the relationships were romantic and initiated by the young women, but these were adult men recruiting young women into the navy and not all the women were legally adults.
In the most recent case one marine recruiter allegedly had sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl and is facing 14 felony charges. If convicted he can serve up to life in prison.
26-year-old Trevor Hooper is being charged by Salt Lake Prosecutors for rape, forcible sodomy, sexual exploitation of a minor and forcible sexual abuse.
The two met when Hooper visited her high school to recruit. They allegedly went to a motel together and engaged in sexual acts, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. The girl’s father found photos of sexual relations between her and Hooper on a memory card that contained images of the two engaged in sexual activity.
According to the Salt Lake Tribune, Sgt Damien McGee, a spokesman for the Marine Corps. recruiting station in Salt Lake City, stated that the Marine Corps. was unaware of any issues until Hooper was arrested. They are not exactly sure of the high schools visited by Hooper but advised each recruiter should visit four different schools in the surrounding area.
Sgt. Damien McGee also stated that “all marines, including recruiters, have very stringent rules to follow.”
Hooper may also face federal criminal charges in sexual exploitation of a minor as well as facing disciplinary consequences from the military.
The young girl’s name has not been released.