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    Marine Believed Missing Teen Found in His Camp Pendleton Barracks Was at Least 21, Defense Says

    Marine Believed Missing Teen Found in His Camp Pendleton Barracks Was at Least 21, Defense Says

    — A Pendleton Marine accused of having sex with a missing 14-year-old girl found in his barracks believed she was in her early 20s, his defense attorneys argued Thursday.

    An attorney for Pfc. Avery Rosario said during a brief preliminary hearing in a military courtroom at Camp Pendleton that the Marine met the girl on Tinder, a dating app for adults, where her profile said she was 21 years old.

    The argument by the defense capped a brief hearing in which no witnesses were called, and much of the evidence — which includes conversations on Tinder and Instagram — was not shown. The evidence was filed directly with the Marine colonel tasked with recommending whether Rosario should face court-martial for allegations of sex with a minor.

    No decision was made Thursday. The prosecution and defense will each file further arguments in writing, with the last due Aug. 25.

    Rosario is charged with three counts of sexual assault and two charges of violating liberty restrictions — leaving without permission — according to charges base officials released Tuesday. The charges indicate the alleged crimes or violations happened June 27.

    The next day, military police at Camp Pendleton found the girl in a barracks. The military notified the county Sheriff's Department, and the girl was reunited with her family.

    According to the Sheriff's Department, the teen's grandmother said the girl ran away from home June 9….

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