Lance Cpl. Gary Head, right, a warehouse clerk with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines, out of Camp Lejeune, N.C., pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting his ex-fiancée Jenelle Evans. She's a cast member of the popular MTV reality show "Teen Mom 2." (via Facebook)
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The dramatic fallout between a Marine and a cast member of MTV's "Teen Mom 2" might result in his discharge from the Corps.
The Marine Corps confirmed that it's considering administratively separating Lance Cpl. Gary Head, a warehouse clerk with 2nd Battalion, 8th Marines. Head pleaded guilty Monday to assaulting his ex-fiancée and reality TV mom, Jenelle Evans, in a June domestic dispute that ended in both of their arrests, the Jacksonville Daily News http://www.jdnews.com/articles/star-107709-marine-drug.htmlhttp:/www.jdnews.com/articles/star-107709-marine-drug.html">reported.
Head, 24, based at Camp Lejeune, N.C., hasn't appeared on the MTV series and is not the father of her child. But the relationship drama has played out publicly via Facebook, Twitter and Evans' personal blog. Head and Evans became engaged in mid-May, but just two weeks later Evans accused him publicly http://twitter.com/PBandJenelley_1/status/208408906316259328">via Twitter of stealing a $300 necklace. "What Marine does that?!" she Tweeted.
Evans, 20, called 911 on June 24 to report a domestic violence incident, but both were arrested and charged with possession of drugs and drug paraphernalia, according to http://www.eonline.com/news/326069/teen-mom-2-s-jenelle-evans-and-estranged-fianc-gary-head-arrested-check-out-the-mug-shots">E! Online. The charges against Evans were dismissed Monday, the Daily News reported.
After the Marine's guilty plea to the assault charge, the judge entered a prayer for judgment against him, meaning in two years the court will revisit the case, the North Carolina paper reported. If he hasn't been in trouble by that time, he will not have to serve jail time. In exchange for the plea, charges of possession of marijuana, simple possession of a controlled substance and possession of drug paraphernalia were dismissed.
The Marine Corps, though, isn't done reviewing Head's situation. In a written response to a Marine Corps Times inquiry, Marine officials stated that Head is not currently facing military punishment — be it court-martial or administrative. But "the Marine Corps is considering administrative separation due to a pattern of misconduct," according to the statement.
Head joined the Marine Corps in July 2009 and was promoted to his current rank in March 2011, according to the statement. He deployed to Afghanistan in 2011.
His ex-fiancée had a history of legal trouble before their involvement. Evans arrest following the June dispute landed her behind bars for the seventh time since 2010, according to http://www.wetpaint.com/teen-mom/articles/jenelle-evans-a-timeline-of-her-arrests">Wetpaint Entertainment.
Evans did not immediately respond to requests for comment, but posted this message regarding the judge's decision on her blog yesterday:
"Yesterday was an amazing day. I cannot stress enough how happy I was with the outcome. … Gary admitted in court that he put his hands on me."
Head isn't the only Marine involved with a reality TV star. Marine Corps Times http://www.marinecorpstimes.com/news/2012/05/marine-staff-sergeant-ryan-culberson-briana-real-housewives-orange-county-053112/">reported in May that Staff Sgt. Ryan Culberson had married into the "Real Housewives of Orange County" reality show on Bravo. Culberson wed Briana, the daughter of housewife veteran Vicki Gunvalson.
Culberson's advice for other Marines in the public spotlight: Always remember you're a Marine.
"Not really knowing the situation [regarding Head and Evans] I think you just need to make sure you steer clear of any drama that would make you look bad or bring discredit on the Marine Corps," said Culberson, a joint terminal attack controller out of Camp Pendleton, Calif.
And as far as social media goes, Culberson said the more you put out there, the more people can misinterpret.
"I think, unless it's something positive, it's just not a good idea," he said. "Putting anything negative out there is only going to create problems."