Camp Pendleton marine charged with sexually assaulting several service members

Posted at 11:06 PM, March 23, 2022 and last updated 6:23 AM, March 24, 2022

By Jennifer Kastner

CAMP PENDLETON, Calif. (KGTV) – A Camp Pendleton marine charged with nine counts of sex assault faced a judge in a military courtroom on Wednesday.

KGTV was inside the courtroom, where prosecutors said that there were at least five different victims and all of them appear to be service members.

By courtroom sketch artist Krentz Johnson (Scripps Media, Inc.)

Cameras were not allowed inside the courtroom, which is standard protocol. Marine Corporal Royal Denson II is charged with nine counts of article 120 which is rape or sexual assault, general. He is also charged with one count of article 80 which is attempted sexual assault.

Prosecutors say that four service members came forward early last year and then a fifth service member was allegedly assaulted inside the brig where Corporal Denson was being held.

The circumstances surrounding the alleged assaults are still unknown.

According to one of the prosecutors, Wednesday’s court appearance was intended to be a plea agreement hearing, but due to procedural issues, the hearing ended early and will continue at 8 a.m. on Thursday.

The defense attorneys said that they have two witnesses who plan to testify during Thursday’s hearing.

This story was originally published March 23, 2022 by KGTV in San Diego, an E.W. Scripps Company.

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