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Captured Marine accused of groping woman, fleeing duties

U.S. Marine Cpl. Calvin S. Barker, 22, has been charged with unauthorized absence and two counts of groping an unidentified sleeping woman stemming from a Dec. 3 incident.

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By CARL PRINE | The San Diego Union-Tribune (Tribune News Service) | Published: April 22, 2018

A Marine accused of fleeing his duties also faces charges of two sex crimes.

Cpl. Calvin S. Barker, 22, has been charged with unauthorized absence and two counts of groping an unidentified sleeping woman stemming from a Dec. 3 incident.

Authorities apprehended the anti-tank missileman on Dec. 7, four days after he bolted from his duties at 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines, at Camp Pendleton, Calif., according to charge sheets released to The San Diego Union-Tribune under the federal Freedom of Information Act.

That’s part of an ongoing effort by the Union-Tribune to shed light on a military criminal justice system often hidden from civilians.

Commanders at 1st Marine Division referred his charges to a court-martial on Feb. 7, but officials said Barker’s trial hasn’t been scheduled. He was placed into pretrial confinement on Dec. 15, according to the records released to the Union-Tribune.

A native of Lehi, Utah, Barker enlisted in the Marines in late 2015. His decorations include the Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, the Global War on Terrorism Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

In early December, after the Naval Criminal Investigative Service put out a missing-persons alert, he became the subject of a nationwide internet effort to find him.

NCIS announced that he was driving a 2007 white Ford F-150 pickup with Utah license plates and authorities believed he last had been seen at 7 p.m. on Dec. 3 in Oceanside.

NCIS was inundated with hundreds of calls — most of the tips unhelpful — and located him in his vehicle in Oceanside.

A “Help Find Calvin Barker” Facebook page updated readers on Dec. 8 that agents had called off the search because the Marine was “currently at the hospital with family.”

NCIS officials told the Union-Tribune that the missing-persons case is closed and declined to discuss the criminal case against Barker.

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