A current investigation into nude military photos being shared on the internet has reportedly expanded to images of uniformed men seen on gay pornography pages on Tumblr.
The scandal began after a Facebook group called Marines United surfaced, in which hundreds of active-duty Marines are thought to have viewed explicit photos of female colleagues.
It eventually expanded to other branches of the military, and has now gone beyond the Facebook group to include gay pornography on Tumblr.
According to USA Today, some of the men in the photos were engaging in sex acts, while others were fully clothed in their uniforms. It’s not yet clear if the men pictured, many involved in group sex, are currently serving or if they gave consent to have the photos shared.
The Naval Criminal Investigation Service is looking into the misconduct to decide whether any active-duty troops violated military law with their behavior, and investigators will use recognition software to try to identify other troops in photos.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) went after Marine Core commandant Gen. Robert Neller this week, claiming that accusations of misconduct first surfaced in 2013 and are only now being investigated.
“This scandal is out of control and the Department of Defense needs to get a handle on it immediately,” Gillibrand told USA Today in a statement. “Congress needs to demand accountability from the chain of command as to how so many service members, both women and men now, could be so easily exploited.”