'Marines United' Photos: Some In 30K-Member Facebook Group Shared Naked Pictures

Marines United PAG screen grab

Marines United PAG screen grab

The US Defence Department is investigating reports that some Marines shared naked photographs of female Marines, veterans and other women on a secret Facebook page, some of which were taken without their knowledge.

It was not immediately known how many active-duty Marines and other service members were involved or are under investigation.

According to identified by their rank, full name and military duty station in photographs posted and linked to from a private Facebook page. Brennan said that the images began circulating after the Marine Corps assigned its first female Marines to Infantry roles in January. Sharing such photos, particularly without consent, is a violation of Facebook's terms of use, and of several articles covering Marine conduct. The investigation is "in support of two individuals affected by postings on the Marines United site", while legal and other resources will be provided to assist other affected individuals.

Women who spoke with War Horse said they believed the racy pics were either leaked by former partners, or stolen by stalkers or hackers. A veteran who was responsible for first posting a link to the photos on Google Drive was sacked from his position as a government contractor.

Google and Facebook shut down the accounts of users who posted the pictures to the group, though additional photos were later posted.

The photos, the report says, were filled with lewd comments.

A Marine who directly participates in, encourages or condones these actions may also face charges or adverse administrative actions.

The admins used Google Drive to store the photos and information of the servicewomen as revealed in the report by Reveal of the Center for Investigative Reporting and The War Horse.

The incident is being called a misogynistic, derogatory and deeply concerning to the Marine Corps, along with a salacious action that destroys trust - at least according to the suggested statement that the Marines should give to the press, according to the Marines document in the wake of the new about the Marines United Facebook group being exposed in the public.

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service is now investigating.

"There is no place for this type of demeaning or degrading behavior in our Corps", Sergeant Major Ronald L. Green, 18th Sergeant Major, told CBS News.

Alvis also said the corps was thankful that Brennan had notified them, ABC reported.

Brennan himself hasn't been exempt from online harassment. However, more pictures have continued to be shared, and the ones that were already posted continue to pop up.