FACT CHECK: Did The U.S. Navy JAG Corps Create A Child Sex Crimes Division?

Christine Sellers | Fact Check Reporter

A post shared on Facebook claims the U.S. Navy Judge Advocate General’s Corp (JAG) created a division to address child sex crimes.

Verdict: False

The claim stems from a satirical website. A spokesperson for JAG denied the claim.

Fact Check:

Republican Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley and Democratic Georgia Sen. Jon Ossoff presented their Preventing Child Sex Abuse Act on Aug. 2, according to a release from Grassley’s office. The bill aims to protect children by “crack[ing] down on the use of foreign charity work as a cover for child sex abuse schemes” among other measures, the release stated.

Now, a post shared on Facebook claims JAG has created a child sex crimes division. Anonymous JAG members told the outlet they would “hunt down the child traffickers and pedophiles that have exploited positions of power to prey on society’s most vulnerable demographic,” the post claims.

“A JAG audit … shows that crimes against children have increased exponentially under the criminal Biden regime, fueling suspicion that Biden’s department of justice is protecting pedophiles within its ranks,” the post reads in part.

The claim is baseless. There are no credible news reports to suggest JAG has created a child sex crimes division. The claim also does not appear on JAG’s website, the Department of Defense’s website or their respective social media pages.

“This claim is misinformation,” JAG spokesperson Patricia Babb told Check Your Fact in an email statement.

A keyword search reveals the claim stems from an Aug. 24 article published by the website, Real Raw News. The site’s “About Us” page indicates that it “contains humor, parody, and satire.” (RELATED: Is The US Navy Set To ‘Resume’ Hanging Prisoners?)

Check Your Fact has also reached out to the Department of Defense for comment and will update this piece accordingly if one is received.

This is not the first time a satirical article from the site regarding JAG has been circulated on social media. Check Your Fact recently debunked a post suggesting the corps had changed its method of execution.

Christine Sellers

Fact Check Reporter
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