I am sure you all have read the story, if you have not it is here
Here is an excerpt:
“For months after a pregnant 20-year-old Marine accused a colleague of rape, her family says, she continued to work alongside her attacker and endured harassment at Camp Lejeune…As authorities recovered Maria Lauterbach's remains Saturday from a fire pit where they suspect Marine Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean burned and buried her body, her family asked why authorities didn't treat her case with greater urgency.”
As of now the most likely perpetrator of the crime, Cpl. Cesar Armando Laurean is still at large.
Whatever happened between the two, that fact is that Cesar more than likely killed not only a fellow Marine, but a mother and the baby she had carried for 8 months. Laurean was accused of raping Lauterbach, and perhaps proof was coming in the form of the child.
The Marine Corps should have reassigned Laurean and Lauterbach to other bases until the case had come to a conclusion. The Marine Corps should have taken this whole situation much more seriously from the jump, and I pray that they begin to take sexual assault cases more seriously.
Sure, people are innocent till proven guilty, and no one should have their military career ruined because of an accusation, however the safety of the victim should be the UTMOST and FOREMOST responsibility and concern of the command, that the accusing victim not deal with repercussions in their career and that their basic safety be ensured.
Rules can be put into place to punish people who fabricate charges to deter such acts, however; the Marine Corps and the military in general should make it very clear that once guilt is proven, the perpetrator will be persecuted to the fullest extent of the UCMJ.
Until guilt or innocent is established, the military should ere on the side of CAUTION and do what is necessary to keep the alleged perp and the alleged victim SEPARATE.
As for Corporal Laurean, when they catch him, and if he is proven guilty, he should face a firing squad as far as I am concerned since under Article 118 of the UCMJ the death penalty is an option.
I am generally against the death penalty, however; I am all for an exception every now and then when guilt is clear as crystal. Yes, I know we can’t legislate this way, I’m just saying.
Police believe Cpl. Ceaser Laurean might be driving a black truck with North Carolina license plate 1522. If anybody sees this
sorry excuse for a man guy, call the local authorities.
My prayers for Lance Corporal Marie Lauterbach's family.