Erin Scanlon: Ex-soldier accuses military of secretly discarding evidence of her rape

Erin Scanlon, 25, claims the alleged rape wrecked her military career while the accused was cleared on all counts during his 2018 court-martial


                            Erin Scanlon: Ex-soldier accuses military of secretly discarding evidence of her rape
Former soldier Erin Scanlon (L) accused the military of secretly discarding the evidence of her rape by Delta Force officer (R) Cristobal Lopez Vallejo (Photo by Erin Scanlon/Facebook & Fayetteville Police Department)
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Erin Scanlon, a former 25-year-old junior army officer from suburban Phoenix, was stationed at Fort Bragg, North Carolina, in the artillery branch. She claims that she was invited to a charity event honouring dead Green Berets at Mac's Speed Shop by a buddy. Cristobal Lopez Vallejo, 39, also known as Cris Valley, the founder and CEO of the club's organisation, was the event's host.

He was later charged with sexual assault and violence against Scanlon. Scanlon recently claimed that all records of the operator's court-martial have been destroyed by the Armed Forces. After Erin Scanlon said he raped her at a warehouse, Delta Force officer Cristobal Lopez Vallejo, who went by the name "Cris Valley," was arrested and charged with second-degree sexual assault, among other offences. 

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Mike Vallejo and his motorcycle club in Fayetteville, North Carolina, had invited Erin Scanlon to the party. Because the warehouse lacked plumbing, she requested the use of the portable toilet. Vallejo 'ambushed' her and began kissing her as she was opening the door to the port-au-prover toilet, she said. He allegedly placed his hands up her dress, into her panties, and entered her with his fingers when she tried to pull away. He then allegedly put her on the hood of a Saab and raped her without using any kind of contraception, according to her.

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According to the Womack Army Medical Center's inquiry, DNA samples recovered from Scanlon's genitals and soiled underpants matched Vallejo's. Scanlon claimed that the assault wrecked her military career, and she finally resigned in 2019. Recently, former Arizona Senator Martha McSally has visited Scanlon to discuss her situation. 

After finding that Cris Valley Vallejo was an active-duty soldier and had known Scanlon since high school, Paul G. Matrafailo III, 33, of the Fayetteville Police Department, obtained a warrant to examine his car. In a June 2018 court-martial, Vallejo maintained his innocence, claiming that the interaction was consensual. He was cleared on all counts. Scanlon, on the other hand, claims that the trauma is still with her and that the court-martial verdict was unfair, considering that her case was meant to be judged in a civilian court.

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