Marine Facing Prison Time For Sex Charges

We're gathering details on a Camp Lejeune Marine who pleaded guilty to soliciting sex with a minor.

John Leone was arrested in June after a three month investigation when he talked to whom he thought was a 14-year-old girl online, but the Wilmington Star news reports, she was actually a Pender County detective. The paper says the 24-year-old traveled from Camp Lejeune to Pender County to meet the girl. According to the paper Leone has been sentenced to four and a half years in prison. He'll also receive a bad conduct discharge from the Marine Corps and must register as a sex offender.


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  • by john Location: New Bern on Nov 20, 2009 at 11:49 AM
    When I spoke about the Captain in the MC that received 10yrs reduced to 15 months, THERE were victims, MANY victims. The 10 year old boy was the one that was the first to come forward. Then many more came forward in the Charleston area that had been assaulted for years. My beef is that this Captain received squat compared to others. ALSO the MC DID NOT do an investigation as they said. They kept it quiet as possible. If you investigate, you check past stations, talk with former roommates and so on......the MC only makes examples of ones that get caught publicly, otherwise they keep it quiet. IT'S SAD. 15 months for doing everything you can think of with a 10 year old boy....and several others from 10-13. This was a MALE MARINE on male boys, not a woman Captain. JR
  • by Marine Wife Location: Jacksonville on Nov 19, 2009 at 11:19 PM
    Thank you common sense!! I wonder if all the other killers and child creepers get as much news coverage as those in the military? What about all the other morons who are shooting up houses and killing kids in drive bys?? Do you ever hear these stories on the front page? Absolutely not!! As a victim of sexual abuse, I have no pity for this waste of space. However, don't catergorize him with the other Marines like my husband who serve their country and are well respected men!!
  • by To Student on Nov 19, 2009 at 10:10 AM
    Try clicking on the Story tab. The story will then be displayed, not just the headline. Happy surfing!
  • by anonymus Location: kinston on Nov 19, 2009 at 08:53 AM
    sorry common sense I agree in every group there are the bad apples and yes been there done that in 'nam just seems as of late it is focused on marines maybe if we lived toward the piedmont we wouldnt hear so much I just hate to hear our volunters going off the deep end
  • by RealityCheck Location: Washington Park on Nov 19, 2009 at 07:52 AM
    4 and a half years and there wasn't even a real victim involved? I am all for justice, but the system in North Carolina is screwed up. Men that have actually taken indecent liberties with a child get sentenced to less time than this guy. Is the proper administration of justice still proper when the system is used to make an example of someone?
  • by marine mom Location: washington on Nov 19, 2009 at 06:56 AM
    I have 2 sons in the Marine Corp. I hate to hear bad stuff about our Military men and women. But treat him like anyone else and try and convict him for this, give him the harshest punishment to set an example
  • by John Location: New Bern on Nov 19, 2009 at 06:43 AM
    It's sad that this Marine gets more time than a Marine Captain that plead guilty to being a pedophile that had assaulted unknown numbers of boys from the age of 10 up and received only 15 months, it was 10 years reduced to 15 months in the Charleston brig. The MC didn't even check his previous stations for victims, so no investigation was done as there are many more victims over the years from this guy. JR
  • by JPH Location: Plymouth on Nov 19, 2009 at 05:53 AM
    Good Job! "To Catch a Predator" Carolina Style! And THANK YOU WITN for posting this story. So many times we find out about a sex offender after they have committed a horrific act. How's that STUDENT?
  • by COMMON SENSE Location: EARTH on Nov 19, 2009 at 05:52 AM
    It's not just Marines. There is always a 10% in any group or organization that are giving their peers a bad name. And you ask why Marines are doing such extreme things. Try being put through the things they are. By no means am I excusing child exploitation (shoot him), but killing last time I checked that's their job. If you haven't been to a combat zone AS A COMBATANT, don't judge the actions done there. And there was a name. Open your eyes.There is plenty of information. Name, Place, and dates. What else do you need, a picture book to give you a play by play.
  • by betty Location: cortland on Nov 19, 2009 at 05:43 AM
    What a creep this so called marine is. Plus what is up with all the news from the marines lately?
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