Hundreds of US Marines implicated in sharing nude photos of colleagues

Hundreds of US Marines implicated in sharing nude photos of colleagues

The military has launched an investigation into reports that male Marines have been sharing nude photos of female service members and vets in a secret Facebook group.

According to the New York Daily News, the Marines are believed to have shared hundreds, possibly thousands, of nude photos in a private Facebook group since January 30. The Facebook group has almost 30,000 members made up of US Marines, veterans, and British Royal Marines.

More than two dozen women have been identified as being Marine officers and enlisted service members.

Senior Marine Corps officials are reviewing a document that briefs them on "Marines United" and outlines the course of action to follow in the wake of this horrifying report.

Women who spoke with War Horse said they believed the racy pics were either leaked by former partners or stolen by stalkers or hackers.

A Marine Corps official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said at least one government contractor had been removed from his job after he posted a link to the photographs.

Marine Corps commandant General Robert Neller today refused to comment directly about the ongoing investigation.

The document advised a response along the lines of: "The Marine Corps is deeply concerned about allegations regarding the derogatory online comments and sharing of salacious photographs in a closed website".

Marine Lance Cpl. Marisa Woytek told the Washington Post that her photos had been taken from her Instagram account over the past six months and posted on the Marines United page multiple times without her permission. It was first uncovered by Thomas Brennan of The War Horse, a nonprofit news organization, who brought the activity to the attention of the Marine Corps. "The military men and women who proudly volunteer to serve their country should not have to deal with this kind of reprehensible conduct". "This behavior destroys morale, erodes trust, and degrade the individual".

'I am not going to comment specifically about an ongoing investigation, but I will say this: for anyone to target one of our Marines, online or otherwise, in an inappropriate manner, is distasteful and shows an absence of respect.

"There is no place for this type of demeaning or degrading behavior in our Corps", said Sergeant Major Ronald L. Green, 18th Sergeant Major of the Marine Corps in a statement to CBS News.

Brennan told the Marine Corps Times that there is a "bounty" on nude photographs of his daughter and that some have said his reporting is grounds for his wife to be raped. Marines will not tolerate online or offline harassment.