The Marine Corps’ investigation of cyber bullying by a Facebook forum of veterans and active-duty troops has widened into a probe that now involves cooperation from all military branches, FBI agents and state prosecutors, officials said Friday.
Headquartered in Quantico, Virginia, the Military Criminal Organization Task Force includes detectives from the Army, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard and Federal Bureau of Investigation.
They’re looking into allegations that current and former members of the armed forces swapped risque images of women and denigrated those victims using sexually violent language on multiple websites that continue to proliferate, Naval Criminal Investigative Services Supervisory Agent Curtis Evans said during a Pentagon news conference Friday afternoon.
“This is the No. 1 priority for our agency right now,” he said. “So we’re throwing every resource we have at it. As soon as an allegation comes in, we’re aggressively attacking it. We’re collecting evidence as fast as we can. As you can imagine, in cyberspace the evidence is there one minute and then it’s gone. It’s a 24/7 thing for us.”