Marine pleads guilty to child assault and battery
A 27 year-old Marine pleaded guilty on Monday to assault and battery and unlawful conduct toward a child in a Charleston County Circuit Court. In the summer of 2010, a woman found the man standing over a four year-old disabled girl in her bedroom. The child was not wearing her diaper and the woman claims the Marine was clearly aroused.
When the woman saw him, he jumped out of the window and tried to kill himself by slitting his wrists and crashing his car. Because the girl is unable to communicate, it is not clear what, if anything, occurred that night. The judge sentenced the man to five years probation and five years of psychological treatment.
The man was only sentenced to probation because he suffers from PTSD. According to his doctor at Medical University of South Carolina, the Marine saw the gruesome death of a fellow serviceman.