Marine recruiter, two others, charged with having sex with Hemet girl, 14

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Article Date: 6/1/2009 | Resource: MLG

Marine recruiter, two others, charged with having sex with Hemet girl, 14

A Marine recruiter and two others were arrested last month for allegedly having sexual relations with a 14-year-old Hemet girl, authorities said.

Staff Sgt. Bryan Damone Cunningham, 33, of San Pedro, was arrested May 23 by Hemet police, according to a news release from the 12th Marine Corps District in San Diego and Hemet police Cpl. Eddie Pust.

Pust didn’t have additional details about the alleged sexual relations, and detectives handling the case couldn’t be reached for comment Sunday.

Cunningham, who was assigned to a recruiting substation in Long Beach, has been charged with seven felonies, including kidnapping to commit robbery/rape, attempted pimping and sodomy, according to court records.

He is being held at the Southwest Detention Center in French Valley, with bail set at $1 million, according to Riverside County Sheriff Department records.

Due to the serious nature of the charges Cunningham faces, the Marine Corps is in the process of “administratively separating Cunningham to expedite civilian prosecution in this case,” the Marine Corps news release stated. A Marine Corp spokeswoman couldn’t be reached Sunday for further comment.

Two other men — who Pust said were “soon-to-be recruits” — were also arrested in connection with the case: Justin Willard, 18, of Los Angeles, and Homer Michael Daskalakis, 19, of Long Beach.

Willard and Daskalakis have each been charged with three felonies, including unlawful intercourse with a minor and committing a lewd act with use of force, according to court records. Both are being held at the Southwest Detention Center on $50,000 bail, according to Sheriff Department records.

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Jeffrey Marquart