PARIS, Tenn. — A Marine sergeant has been charged by police and charged with statutory rape by an authority figure.
Deputies say Schwartz met the underage victim while acting as a Marine recruiter, according to WBBJ, and continued in a relationship with her.
Records show that Steven Schwartz has served in the Marine Corps for eight years.
“I feel like he’s definitely taken advantage of the responsibility he’s been given,” Jenkins said.
The victim’s age is not being released at this time. “We opened the investigation, conducted some interviews and determined there had been some ongoing correspondence between the two,” Jenkins said.
The Marine veteran could face four to six years in a state penitentiary and be required to register as a sex offender if convicted. The case is still open, but authorities do not believe there are any other victims.
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