Erin Scanlon was 25 at the time of the incident, she was based at Fort Bragg where she served in the artillery branch and lived in nearby Fayetteville.
She was invited by a friend on September 9th, 2016 to a charity event honoring fallen Green Berets in Greensboro. She arrived with her friend just before 10 p.m. where she noticed members of a nonprofit biker club of Green Berets called Coast x Coast. She was approached by the group’s CEO Cristobal Lopez Vallejo who engaged Scanlon and the friend who invited her. She recognized the motorcycle group’s logo and asked if she could have a picture of her in front of it to send to her Army ROTC mentor who was affiliated.
Scanlon and Vallejo traded numbers and he invited them to go to the next bar with his group. They agreed and arrived at a nearby pub, Paddy’s. Vallejo then invited Scanlon to join him at a place called Warehouse 13, believing it was a bar she agreed. When she arrived, she and her friend were offput by the building’s appearance. Warehouse 13 was a warehouse Vallejo had been renting from a chemical company.
There were a small group of people there including Vallejo. Scanlon asked him to use the restroom and he directed her toward a portable toilet where she alleges she was attacked upon trying to open the door.
Scanlon was clear about refusing Vallejo’s advances, but he did not listen to what she saying. She met with investigators at Fort Bragg on September 12th, 2016 but she claims she was told because the event occurred in Fayetteville they were unable to proceed in any way. A spokesperson for the Army investigations division told Rolling Stone that this account was not accurate, he said a collateral investigation began and that he did not understand why Scanlon felt dismissed.
Vallejo was arrested and charged with second-degree rape, second-degree sex offense and sexual battery on September 30th. He was acquitted of all charges in a June 2018 court martial. The trial was switched in February of 2018 when the two JAG prosecutors claimed they learned both parties were military and that the trial could be handled internally. The court martial received no attention from the press, no transcript or recordings are available of the proceedings.