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Bond Increased For Marine Accused Of Crimes Against Nature With Dogs

By: Alize Proisy
By: Alize Proisy

A Camp Lejeune Marine, accused of having sexual relations with his neighbor's dogs, had his bond nearly doubled during a hearing this morning.

Staff Sgt. Marc Harpel of Maysville is charged with seven counts of crimes against nature and seven counts of solicitation for crimes against nature.

Court documents say Harpel engaged in "abominable and detestable" crimes with the animals. He is also accused of soliciting dog owners on the Internet.

Harpel appeared before a Jones County judge this morning for his first appearance. Prosecutors said the Marine was a flight risk and a threat to himself and his wife if released on bond. The judge increased his bond from $14,000 to $25,000 secured.

Harpel's attorney says the man has been a Marine since July 2001 and has been on three combat deployments, one to Iraq and two to Afghanistan.


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WITN learned disturbing new details about a Camp Lejeune marine accused of having sexual relations with his neighbor's dogs.

People who live in the marine's neighborhood in Maysville in Jones County are overwhelmed with what they learned about the charges against Marc Harpel. Tuesday night in an effort to identify the dogs, Jones County deputies showed neighbors photos of a suspect having sexual relations with neighborhood dogs in his garage.

"No one wants to believe that they have someone that is close to them, who are in their neighborhood, around their children, around their animals that is capable of doing something such as this," said Captain Justin Eimer with the Jones County Sheriff's Office.

Court documents say Harpel's estranged wife brought this case to deputies. Investigators found dozens of graphic pictures on an online forum. Deputies say cases like this are often hard to prove, but this time they say they have all the proof they need with the photos.

Harpel is charged with 7 felony counts of crimes against nature and several other misdemeanor charges. His first appearance is Friday morning. He is still a marine at Camp Lejeune.


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A Camp Lejeune Marine is accused of having inappropriate sexual behavior with his neighbors dogs.

Staff Sgt. Marc Harpel of Maysville is charged with seven counts of crimes against nature and seven counts of solicitation for crimes against nature.

Court documents say Harpel engaged in "abominable and detestable" crimes with the animals. He is also accused of soliciting dog owners on the Internet.

Jones County deputies say they received disturbing information on November 15th that the 30-year-old was having inappropriate contact with his neighbors dogs. Because of threats made, Camp Lejeune confined Harpel to the base brig on November 20th as a precautionary measure.

Deputies say Monday morning they received new information on the crimes against nature accusations. Harpel was then turned over to Jones County deputies and charged.

Harpel is a member of the 2nd Battalion, 6th Marines at Camp Lejeune.

Additional charges may be brought against the Marine, while the Jones County Animal Crimes Unit will be pursing animal cruelty charges against him.

Harpel is being held on a $14,000 secured bond and has his first court appearance Friday morning.

Deputies say they have been working with Camp Lejeune's Provost Marshal's Office Criminal Investigation Division, the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, as well as other base authorities on this case.


Marine Corps Statement

"The Marine Corps has been cooperating with the authorities as soon as it learned of this incident. The actions of Staff Sgt. Harpel are contrary to the high standards of personal conduct and performance expected of Marines and will not be tolerated. The overwhelming majority of Marines conduct their duties with honor and compassion that brings credit upon the Marine Corps and the United States."


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