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Four Camp Pendleton Marines Accused Of Beating Gay Man (Video)


Alleged victim of beating speaks out

Aired 9/6/12 on KPBS News.

Four Camp Pendleton Marines have been arrested for allegedly beating a gay man until he was unconscious outside of a Long Beach, California bar on Labor Day weekend. Police are investigating whether the assault was a hate crime.

Four Camp Pendleton Marines have been arrested for allegedly beating a gay man until he was unconscious outside of a Long Beach, California gay bar over Labor Day weekend.

Camp Pendleton spokesman Maj. Manuel J. Delarosa told the Associated Press the assault is being investigated as a possible hate crime:

"This is an isolated incident. Committing any hate crime is unacceptable behavior and is not tolerated in the Marine Corps."

The A.P. has identified the four Marines as: Lance Cpl. Lewis Serna; Pfc. Thomas Pentek; Pfc. Sean Miller, and Lance Cpl. John O'Leary.

The beating took place outside the Silver Fox bar early Monday morning. The victim, who is a full-time film student from San Dimas, told Los Angeles television station KCBS-TV one of the Marines used a derogatory term for gay people during the assault:

“He starts pushing me and calling me f–g. I told him I was gonna call police."

The four Marines have made bail, and are now back at Camp Pendleton, according to Delarosa.


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justiceday | September 7, 2012 at 8:52 a.m. ― 2 years ago

Has no one noticed that Camp Pendleton is full of marines that rape and commit hate crimes? The rape victim in this story was ignored by Pendleton, who also ignored her reports of marines trying to pick fights with gay men and a Sgt. Major who told her the "marines don't let gays in!"
When is Camp Pendleton going to be investigated by the federal government and the state of California?!
And this congressman ignored it all too, and there are emails to prove it!

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gichristian | September 7, 2012 at 10:04 a.m. ― 2 years ago

Yup, all 40,000+ on the base just a rapin' and a murderin' away.

It is a DoD installation, not subject to State of California investigation. Especially for ingrained resistance to new attempts at social engineering that have little to do with the story at hand.

As far as calling the guy a derogatory name before a fight, it is pretty regular for young Marines to toss out something pretty foul before a conflict. The issue will be the motivation for the fight. If it was an issue of going out to beat a guy due to his sexual orientation, they will get burnt by the system. If it was a guy who got lippy and a pretty mundane bar fight that happend to have a name thrown out and buddies that jumped in to help (as I would expect) I don't see how it is a hate crime. It will come down to context, situation and intent.

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Missionaccomplished | September 7, 2012 at 11:34 a.m. ― 2 years ago

Jarheads beating up a civilian. I guess the repeal of DADT didn't help in this instance.

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aztec69 | September 7, 2012 at noon ― 2 years ago

I wonder what the Marine Corps reaction would be if gangs of gays just started randomly beating up on jarheads? Where's the Spirit of Stonewall?

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Len | September 7, 2012 at 12:43 p.m. ― 2 years ago

Watch the video, Gchristian. Everything you say is contrary to the facts. The marines are being investigated by Long Beach law enforcement, as that's where the beating took place. If a buddy hadn't come to the victim's aid the marines could have been facing a death prosecution. It is of course a hate crime. Again, the video shows conclusively that the marines entered a gay bar and beat up a gay after doing all they could to provoke him. If they're found guilty, they won't have been "burnt by the system," but found guilty by a jury (unless they plead guilty). I realize you don't want to be confused by facts. Your hatred of gays comes through clearly.

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mccolgan55 | September 7, 2012 at 2:26 p.m. ― 2 years ago

Re-read Gchristian's comment, Len. He stated the previous post had nothing to do with THIS story and then his comment of "they will get burnt by they system" meant if guilty they will be punished. and ended with "It will come down to context, situation and intent."

The facts will be adjudicated in a court of law not on a comment board.Seems YOUR bias is showing.

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Peking_Duck_SD | September 8, 2012 at 12:39 a.m. ― 2 years ago

So these losers have nothing better to do than to drive miles out of their way to a gay bar and assault somebody?

These animals are domestic terrorists.

Do they even realize their inhumane behavior is similar to the terrorist hate groups whom the military is supposedly protecting us from?

Probably not, I seriously doubt they are that smart.

Dishonorable discharge, CIVILLIAN prosecution (their cime was against on our own soil against a fellow countryman, they need to be prosecuted in civilian court), proper punishment, and then PLEASE court order therapy or these hooligans. Otherwise they will end up violent criminals harming yet more innocent people in the next decade of their lives.

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Peking_Duck_SD | September 8, 2012 at 12:45 a.m. ― 2 years ago

I feel like my IQ drops about 50 points just setting foot in Oceanside.

No, I'm not saying everyone in the military is bad, but there is definitely a vibe there that makes me uncomfortable.

It's not a welcoming place for anyone who doesn't fit the hyper-masculine culturally-void mentality tht dominates there.

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