Review of Matters Related to the Sexual Assault of Lance Corporal Maria Lauterbach, U.S. Marine Corps
INSPECTOR GENERAL DEPT OF DEFENSE ARLINGTON VA
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This report responds to an August 7, 2008, request from the Principal Deputy Under Secretary of Defense Personnel and Readiness PDUSD PR. The PDUSD PR requested we review command and other responses to the rape complaint of Lance Corporal LCpl Maria Lauterbach, assigned to Combat Logistics Regiment 27, 2d Marine Logistics Group, Camp Lejeune, N.C. We focused on the following questions Did responsible officials comply with requirements in responding to LCpl Lauterbachs sexual assault complaint Did responsible officials respond adequately to events following the sexual assault complaint to ensure LCpl Lauterbachs safety and well-being We reviewed the facts and circumstances involved in responses to the rape complaint and the Naval Criminal Investigative Service NCIS rape investigation. We also interviewed Marines, Camp Lejeune Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program SAPR personnel, command officials, civilian police officers and prosecutors, NCIS agents and supervisors, and others with knowledge about this matter. We found NCIS failed to conduct the criminal investigation into LCpl Lauterbachs rape complaint in accordance with DoD, DoN and NCIS standards. Overall, the NCIS investigation was not thorough, was not conducted in a timely manner, and logical investigative steps were not completed. Witness interviews were not thorough and in some instances not conducted, the accuseds alibis for the dates LCpl Lauterbach reported the sexual assaults occurred were not investigated, and the reported crime scenes were not examined. Although both Headquarters and local NCIS senior leaders were aware of deficiencies with the rape investigation, they took no corrective action in regard to the investigative failures. We also found the SAPR response to LCpl Lauterbachs rape complaint was inadequate. We concluded overall, command officials at the Combat Logistics Regiment 27 responded inadequately to LCpl Lauterbach s sexual assault complaint.
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