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    Pendleton Marine Faces 3 Counts of Sexual Assault After Teen Found in Barracks Room

    The Marine accused of having sex with a missing 14-year-old girl in his barracks room has been charged with three specifications of sexual assault, according to a charge sheet obtained by Military.com on Tuesday.

    The charges allege that the unnamed Marine, a 22-year-old man, assaulted the girl on June 27 at Pendleton, California. Each specification lists a different sexual act committed “upon a child who had attained the age of 12 years but had not attained the age of 16 years,” the document said.

    A second charge states the Marine violated restrictions by leaving Pendleton grounds on June 27. The restriction itself is “prior and unrelated,” according to the Marine Corps, but the charge relates to when the accused Marine and a friend went to pick up the teenager off base — the same day the alleged assault occurred.

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    The revelation of the charges comes a day before the Marine is set to attend a preliminary hearing at Camp Pendleton on Thursday. After the preliminary hearing, the Marine's command will review the evidence and charges laid out by military prosecutors and decide whether it will go to court-martial.

    The Marine has been in pre-trial confinement since Aug. 1, according to the charge sheet.

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