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Marine Corps going after Marines for the comments they make on social media

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Gunnery Sgt. Nicholas Russo. (Facebook)

A US Marine is catching flak for a social media comment defending an older man who allegedly had sex with an underage girl, claiming that men are biologically attracted to young girls.

Gunnery Sergeant Nicholas Russo blamed deceased singer Aaliyah for her sexual escapades with music artist R.Kelly, claiming it was her fault for getting pregnant when she was 15 years of age.

“Wow…let’s place all the blame on a man who is biologically designed to act that way…and not the woman who wanted to do it,” Russo wrote on social media. “And I do believe she was 16.”

Russo is based out of San Diego and is currently assigned to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training.

“We are currently looking into this matter regarding alleged social media misconduct,” the command said in a statement to Task & Purpose. “The Marine Corps takes every allegation of social media misconduct seriously and does not condone any behavior that does not align with our core values. No additional information is available at this time.”

Russo’s comments were in a response to a debate stemming from a recent documentary that covered Alliyah’s alleged impregnation and fraudulent marriage to R.Kelly when she was a teenager.

Similarly, a senior NCO from the 2nd Marine Logistics Group was also noticed by the Corps for his statements on social media, claiming that not all girls who have sex with men are victims.

“I am not talking about who were manipulated and the individuals who were victims like they didn’t know what the hell was going on,” Master Sergeant Mark McBride said earlier this month. “No, I’m talking about these individuals who are purposely going after older men and trying to have relationships with them for some type of monetary gain. And I’ll represent that to the death.”

Since the Marines United nude photo-sharing scandal, the USMC has been particularly hypervigilant when it comes to what Marines post on social media, mandating social media conduct training and revealing a new social media policy.

A US Marine is catching flak for a social media comment defending an older man who allegedly had sex with an underage girl, claiming that men are biologically attracted to young girls.

Gunnery Sergeant Nicholas Russo blamed deceased singer Aaliyah for her sexual escapades with music artist R.Kelly, claiming it was her fault for getting pregnant when she was 15 years of age.

“Wow…let’s place all the blame on a man who is biologically designed to act that way…and not the woman who wanted to do it,” Russo wrote on social media. “And I do believe she was 16.”

Russo is based out of San Diego and is currently assigned to the Center for Naval Aviation Technical Training.

“We are currently looking into this matter regarding alleged social media misconduct,” the command said in a statement to Task & Purpose. “The Marine Corps takes every allegation of social media misconduct seriously and does not condone any behavior that does not align with our core values. No additional information is available at this time.”

Russo’s comments were in a response to a debate stemming from a recent documentary that covered Alliyah’s alleged impregnation and fraudulent marriage to R.Kelly when she was a teenager.

Similarly, a senior NCO from the 2nd Marine Logistics Group was also noticed by the Corps for his statements on social media, claiming that not all girls who have sex with men are victims.

“I am not talking about who were manipulated and the individuals who were victims like they didn’t know what the hell was going on,” Master Sergeant Mark McBride said earlier this month. “No, I’m talking about these individuals who are purposely going after older men and trying to have relationships with them for some type of monetary gain. And I’ll represent that to the death.”

Since the Marines United nude photo-sharing scandal, the USMC has been particularly hypervigilant when it comes to what Marines post on social media, mandating social media conduct training and revealing a new social media policy.

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