Yet another priest scandal, this time a Navy chaplain.
An HIV-positive Navy chaplain was sentenced Thursday to two years in prison after pleading guilty to forcible sodomy and other charges.
Lt. Cmdr. John Thomas Lee, 42, of Burke, Va., was sentenced after entering a plea agreement at his court-martial at the Quantico Marine Corps Base in northern Virginia. Lee admitted having sex with an Air Force officer without disclosing that he had HIV and forcing himself on a U.S. Naval Academy midshipman.
Marine spokesman Maj. Tim Keefe said after Thursday’s hearing that nobody is known to have contracted HIV from Lee.
The forcible sodomy occurred in the fall of 2004, when the midshipman was in his junior year. The midshipman, who was not identified, had previously received counseling from Lee, and said he allowed Lee to perform oral sex on him because he was intimidated by Lee’s status as a chaplain.
“This was a priest. This was a guy who knew all of my darkest secrets,” the victim, now a Navy ensign, testified during the trial’s sentencing phase.
The bolded text is why the government must always be careful when providing chaplaincy services to military members. Chaplains and other military officers have an incredible amount of control and influence on lower ranking members. And chaplains wield even more power over some religious military members.
I’m a former military person myself and have become appalled at how much power chaplains have started to have in the military. That is why I have spent quite a few posts discussing how the military chaplaincy program has overstepped it bounds quite often in the last several years. This is quite different than when I was in the military a decade ago.
Perhaps the Navy needs to provide coloring books to young recruits and officers like these. Heh Heh Heh.
Be sure to use your darkest red crayon of bewildered dread when you color this particular page, kids, because there it is, the pedophilia threat, the church’s appalling multimillion-dollar sexual abuse scandal, right there on the page in the form of two sweet-looking, grinning (female) angels hovering around an innocent virgin altar boy and warning him — and by extension, you, the innocent virgin coloring book aficionado — to never, not ever, be alone in a room with an adult you do not know. Much like Jesus intended.
But wait, look again. Because there he is, right there in the doorway, a grinning priest, waving to you as the angels go on and seem to imply, “And remember boys, when we say ‘adult,’ we actually mean ‘priest,’ and you should never be alone with one unless the door is wide open or some other adults know where you are or there is a giant window in the room through which other wary adults or perhaps police officers can see if said priest begins to give the holy sacrament to your crotch. Next up: God loves bunnies!”
Heh Heh Heh.