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New charges for Marines accused of statutory rape

Published On: Oct 10 2012 08:56:56 AM CDT

Two Camp Lejeune Marines, who were arrested for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl in August, are facing additional charges. That's according to Jacksonville Police Spokeswoman Beth Purcell.

Lance Cpl. William Conner, 21, and Pfc. George Nelson, 19, are both now charged with additional counts of indecent liberties with a child and felony conspiracy. Pfc. Nelson also faces an additional statutory rape and sexual offense charge.


Two Camp Lejeune Marines were arrested, for allegedly raping a 13-year-old girl.

According to the Jacksonville Daily News, 19-year-old Pfc. George Nelson, of Marysville, Ohio, and 21-year-old Lance Cpl.William Conner, of Dayton, Virginia, were charged with statutory rape and indecent liberties with a child. The rape allegedly happened on a dirt road near a construction site, investigators said.

Both Marines had been promoted within the last year or so. Nelson and Conner made their first court appearances on Monday. Nelson was in the Onslow County Detention Center on a $125,000 bond. Conner was being held on a $128,00 bond.