Thae Ohu

Thae Ohu and the mystery surrounding her incarceration

Thae Ohu and the mystery surrounding her incarceration

“They are sending me to the brig for pretrial confinement instead of me receiving care,” Thae Ohu wrote in her letter to Arizona Sen. Martha McSally.

Thae Ohu, 26, was the victim of sexual assault. She has struggled and reached out for help, but ended up in a military prison. Thae is an active duty Corporal in the United States Marine Corps. She claims the assault came from a fellow Marine, but that she was denied justice. Reports claim this lead to a boiling point, and she finally “snapped.”

The entire circumstances surround this are suspect. The Marine Corps will not comment as to the exact reason why she is being detained. However, her family says she’s actually the victim, and have asked for support. There are a few things we know from the family. They have set up a Facebook page, and a GoFundMe with some details surrounding the case. They state that Corporal Ohu attempted suicide earlier this year.  Although she sought mental health treatment, the Marine Corps sought to administratively separate her. A move that caused Ohu to fear for her ability to access health care.

Marine officials released a statement saying “In interests of preserving the integrity of the judicial process, ensuring her right to privacy and a fair and impartial process, at this time it is premature to comment on allegations or what might occur.” There is speculation that she was arrested for assault, but her boyfriend claims it was in self defense.

The family speaks out

Thae’s sister, Pan Phyu, is active duty Navy. She has been very vocal in her disapproval of the handling of her sister’s case. She tell us she does not want to release another statement until her next meeting with the family attorney.

Thae Ohu is an administrative specialist. She was stationed on Dam Neck Naval Base, in Virginia, and currently being held in a military brig in Chesapeake, Virginia. The family is asking for the public to write their representative asking why Thae Ohu is being denied access to adequate mental health care.

This story is still in development, and until we have an official statement from the Marine Corps, all we can do is speculate.


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15 thoughts on “Thae Ohu and the mystery surrounding her incarceration”

  1. Eric ernsberger

    This is why my wife fears for my daughters as well, I am a 16 year vet. That believes in the maturity, and growth the service provides, but this is why she is fearful of letting them enlist. The core should stand up for her rights, and stand up for her health.

  2. Luis Hernandez

    It’s hard to see good people in adverse situations, a lot of this is due to the lack of good investigative skills from within the people sworn to protect America’s finest.

  3. As a disabled Vet from the army this saddens me to se it’s an on going problem that should have been fixed by now!


    This goes all the way back to TAIL HOOK when I was in the Marines .We had per the COMMANDANT a mandatory stand down and classes on sexual harassment . The number one response was NO means No. Once No is said anything afterwards was deemed rape or harrassment. The Corp prides it self .I hope her fellow MARINES support and not listen to anyone trying to tell them that the person in question and is good so they give limited statements short of the whole truth or that I just heard but did not see thus making the victim look like they are the problem. I have seen this happen when I reported an assault on my self by a subordinate. The person got off and transferred to another platoon where he assaulted another NCO and the had to charge him for assault. I pray for this Marine that she will see true justice not protected justice that it was a mistake and maybe all overreacted.

  5. My daughter faced harrassment in the Corps as well. I was Army back in the 90s and it was alive and well then. The service will discourage in many units the reporting of these issues officially, because it looks bad on command. Shameful.

  6. There is absolutely no room for sexual harassment or assault of any kind. And she should also be getting the proper mental health care that she needs due to all of the trauma she has experienced dealing with this!!

  7. Christopher C Pulling

    Let’s keep in mind that she didn’t just “seek help” and get thrown in the brig. She’s being held for assaulting another Marine with a deadly weapon, and she’s not denying that. She’s claiming that she had a psychotic break due to an incident of sexual assault from over a year ago. As of right now, we’re only hearing what the family told us. We don’t actually know what happened then, what course of action was followed by the Marine Corps, what happened to the other Marine, or what treatment she received. She obviously received some treatment, as the Corps is pursuing separation. Reality is there could be any number of reasons for this. Again, we’re only hearing second and third hand information from the family, so there are a LOT questions that are unanswered. Let’s not crucify the Marine Corps just yet, as they probably know more than the average internet attorney…

    1. Any self-respecting person will defend themselves when necessary — this shouldn’t be an exception in the military. If the military was NOT taking appropriate action to address the issue, there is nothing else one can do. More power to her for standing up for herself, and shame on the Corps. for not taking action on one of theirs.

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