Camp Lejeune Marine to spend next several months in brig awaiting military trial

CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (WNCT) – A Marine from Camp Lejeune will spend the next several months in the brig awaiting a military trial.

28-year-old Justin Abbott is facing military and civilian charges for indecent exposure.

The Onslow County Sheriff’s Office says he exposed himself to children while riding alongside a school bus.

Camp Lejeune officials say Abbott did similar acts aboard Camp Lejeune, where he’s a staff sergeant.

Abbott is in the brig awaiting his next court date.

9 On Your Side wanted to know more about pre-trial confinement and sent our WNCT Jacqueline Matter to get answers.

Behind a barbed wire fence is the Marine Corps installation’s brig aboard Camp Lejeune.

Behind a steel door is an Onslow County jail cell.

Both facilities ensure the same basic human rights and booking processes are similar.

“Obviously, certain rights are constitutional rights and they have to be protected both in the military and on the civilian side,” explained Sheriff Hans Miller, Onslow County.

But breaking down the differences really comes down to what happens next.

“Well, the military system is different than the civilian system,” said Miller.

In the brig, inmates get access to the same medical care as all other service members. They’re allotted more time for recreational activities and have individual cells, which often isn’t the case in the detention center.

The Onslow County Detention Center can hold more than 500 prisoners. The brig holds up to 75, averaging around 20 a day.

“That prisoners don’t get bailed out, though the only time someone in pre-trial confinement can get released is if the commanding officer of their command, the magistrate, or military judge orders that release,” explained Denise Barnes, Marine Corps Installations East Brig Commanding Officer.

Another difference, females aren’t housed at the regional brig at Camp Lejeune.

“They’re typically transported to the Onslow County Jail and they stay there until they either go to trial or, if they’re post trial, they stay until headquarters Marine Corps directs that transfer to a different facility,” said Barnes.

Marine prisoners can serve anywhere from 45 to 120 days in pre-trial confinement. If convicted, they’re typically held for up to 30 days awaiting transfer to a larger brig to serve the remainder of their sentence.

Abbott will remain in pre-trial confinement in the brig until his December 30th Onslow County court date.

 

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