The Marine Corps is investigating an active-duty gunnery sergeant who wrote a self-published “memoir” detailing a relationship with a young potential recruit while he worked in a recruiting office in Texas.
Gunnery Sgt. Christopher Champagne, 36, published the story of what he described as “a scandalous romantic relationship” with a “young woman … who wanted to join [the military]” last month. The investigation was confirmed by the Marine Corps, and Military.com reviewed excerpts from the book.
The excerpts paint a disturbing picture of an adult man in a position of power within the Marine Corps engaging in sexual activities with a potential recruit who needed consent from her parents to join the military, indicating that she was under the age of 18.
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“This is not the kind of guy you want recruiting your children,” Rob Kersch, Champagne's ex-father-in-law, told Military.com in an interview Wednesday.
A spokesperson for his command confirmed that, while Champagne is still on active duty, he is no longer serving as a recruiter at Recruiting Station Fort Worth, Texas, pending the results of the investigation, which is directly related to the book. The investigation has been referred up to the service's Western Recruiting Region.
“The kind of conduct that we're discussing is absolutely not…