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Ex-Marine Indicted In Sexual Assault Of Another Marine On Camp Pendleton

For Immediate Release
U.S. Attorney's Office, Southern District of California

SAN DIEGO – A former Marine is charged in an indictment unsealed today with sexually assaulting an active-duty Marine in November 2014 on Camp Pendleton.

Pedro Javier Orellana, 23, was indicted by a federal grand jury and surrendered himself for arrest in Laurel, Maryland on Wednesday. He made his first federal court appearance today in Greenbelt, Maryland. A detention hearing will be held on Thursday to determine if Orellana should be detained pending transfer back to San Diego.

According to the indictment, Orellana sexually assaulted his victim on the Marine base while she was “incapable of appraising the nature of the conduct or was physically incapable of declining participation in the sex act.”

DEFENDANT   Case Number: 15CR0597
Pedro Javier Orellana  Age: 23 Laurel, Maryland

18 U.S.C. § 2242(2) – Sexual Abuse- Incapacitated Victim (Maximum Life Sentence)


Naval Criminal Investigative Service
Marine Corps Criminal Investigation Division

*The charges and allegations contained in an indictment are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty.

Updated July 23, 2015