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Marine sergeant arrested on child sex charge

Posted December 16, 2009

— Onslow County sheriff's deputies arrested a Marine sergeant stationed at Camp Lejeune Wednesday on charges that he sexually abused a child.

Sgt. Duane F. Bachesta, 26, of St. Clair, Ill., faces charges of indecent liberties with a child and sexual battery.

Bachesta is an imagery analyst assigned to 2nd Intelligence Battalion, II Marine Expeditionary Force.

He joined the Marine Corps in March 2002 and deployed to Afghanistan from March to November 2008. He was promoted to sergeant in September 2008.


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  • endlessnameless Dec 16, 2009

    I like how the media ruins people's reputation and life before given the chance to defend themselves, this dude is screwed no matter the outcome. Everyone thought the Duke students were guilty at first too.

  • skidkid269 Dec 16, 2009

    Cornfused, Semper Fi to your father. As a Marine, this is inexcusable. Yes, we are human and make the same mistakes mortal people make, but we do hold ourselves to a higher standard. No doubt if found guilty, he will lose his title. We pride ourselves on honor; this man has none.

  • jrfergerson Dec 16, 2009

    when did this occur, what was the age of the child, and is he under military arrest?

  • Lyle Dec 16, 2009

    bronzegoddess, what do you expect people to say? It's always the same comments: men this, men that, poor child, what's wrong with people, I hope they castrate him, I'd like to punish him, etc. etc. There, now I saved a bunch of people some time today.

  • cornfused Dec 16, 2009

    tHE FEW THE prOUD... HE GIVES MARINES EVERYWHERE A BAD WRAP EVEN THOUGH THIS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH HIS MILITARY STATUS, THE HEADLINE SAYS IT ALL "Marine sergeant arrested on child sex charge..." AND TO BE HONEST, THAT IS WHAT DREW MY ATTENTION TO THE STORY, my Daddy always stood proudly and said, Once a Marine always a Marine, but I believe this man now has lost the title of Marine!

  • OrdinaryCitizen Dec 16, 2009

    Curious about the age of the child. Regardless it was wrong.

  • 007KnightRider Dec 16, 2009

    I agree, bronzegoddess40

    What's wrong with people these days.

  • bronzegoddess40 Dec 16, 2009

    Outrageous, where is the outrage of these grown behind men messing with children. Cannot believe there are not more posts about this.