Skip to comments.US Army chaplain convicted of sodomy, sentenced to five years in prison [Prirst]
Posted on 11/01/2005 9:05:29 PM PST by ncountylee
BAMBERG, Germany (AP) - A US Army chaplain was sentenced yesterday to five years in prison after pleading guilty at his court-martial to three counts of forcible sodomy against enlisted men.
Capt Gregory Arflack, 44, a Roman Catholic priest serving as a chaplain with the 279th Base Support Battalion, also admitted three counts of committing an indecent acts, two of fraternisation with enlisted service members, and one count of conduct unbecoming an officer.
Judge US Army Col R Peter Masterton ordered him dismissed from the Army and that he forfeit all benefits in addition to the prison term to be served at Ft Leavenworth, Kansas. Arflack showed no emotion as the sentence was read out.
I'm pretty sure that's not how you give the blessing.
Punishment is quicker without a Bishop involved.
Gays in the military won't cause a problem, eh?
Levenworth is hard time.Deserves life.
It's late, I'm tired, and only a Free Republic novice.....but isn't there a way, and isn't it time to Freep the Pope. These stories are really making me sick and mad!
Sue in VA
I've heard of preists abusing choirboys, but doing soldiers? That dude's got some brass balls.
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I can't figure out how this punishment isn't (excuse the pun) stiffer. This guy absolutely abused his position of trust and undermined morale and one of the few outlets deployed soldiers have for an unbiased ear. The damage done was irreparable. He ought to be doing a much longer tour at Leavenworth.
I agree but this puke will have a very long and hard 5 years.
What is a "prirst"???
How does that happen? He raped them? Where's the fight in these soldiers? Something's missing...
Priest when tired
Just like the sick navy guy who went there for molesting his daughter... except he got 14 years.
Geez - even the priests are doing this kind of stuff while in uniform!!!
Meanwhile, the fed/Guv is pushing faggothood in gov't schools across the Nation, remember that?
No "gays" in the military, no "gay" priests - in three D color.
Need any more evidence?
Sodomy, as defined by the UCMJ is anal sexual contact, or oral sexual contact. There is not sufficient information in this article to understand what really happened. Let alone the homosexual contact. (I am not defending this guy. Just saying.)
Maybe they were intoxicated? What about a date rape drug? Possibilities, anyway...
The only other thing I can think of is that he threatened them somehow. How about...I know or I believe that you are gay, soldier, and if you don't go along with this, I will see to it that you are dismissed from the military. See, we don't even know the orientation of the victims here, do we?
I guess he COULD have brandished a weapon at them, like a gun or a knife...
Another priest prefers having sex with males.
Too bad civilian priest/molesters weren't dealt with the same way. The church would have been much better off today.
He'll have a good ole time in jail, won't he?
Knock yourself out.
I don't believe it's possible for a 44 year old man to "force" sodomy on an enlisted man.
Reading between the lines, I'd say they really felt it was an abuse of a position in authority over the enlisted men. When detected, this was the prosecutor's analysis of what sex in that environment might "mean."
My guess is that those enlisted men didn't struggle at all in this so-called "forcing."
Note that I have in the above not excused the behavior of the chaplain at all.
We don't know what happened, but several scenarios are possible. It's possible the priest tried to force sodomy on soldiers that he suspected or knew were gay and could have threatened them with disclosure if they didn't cooperate. Obviously one of them reported him.
Will he be stripped of his clerical status by the Catholic church?
I doubt that he will. Ordination is a sacrament, and there is probably a requirement for some level of rehabilitation.
Obviously, this is the chaplain's first offense (public) of this variety, or he never would have made it through the security clearance background check.
Since it's the first time, the church would have to give him the rehab opportunity.
BTW, I'm not Catholic, so those are my guesses based on experience.
Also, if the priest had threatened an outing, then it still wouldn't measure up to the way the story was written. "Forcing" sodomy gives the impression of physical overpowering.
If he's allowed to remain a priest, next time he might practice sodomy on a BOY.
Since I'm not catholic, I'm hesitant to give you a definitive answer. My guess is that they'd first attempt some form of rehab.
I've pinged 2 very knowledgeable catholics who probably have a better grasp on this.
Throughout the West homosexuals are being given their "Rights" now we see what they do with those "Rights." The Roman Church temporized with a pathological subset and it blew up in their face. Let this be a lesson to other institutions such as government, schools, business etc. In the past these people were not made outcast without reason.
He could have drugged them with date-rape drugs.
Prison. Sounds like a Saddamites playground. Tons of avaliable men. Group showers. He'll have a blast.
This is not a funny subject, but I have to admit that your post is hilarious. LOL! (literally)
"...forcible sodomy against enlisted men"
What kind of soldiers are we turning out if some priest can prey on them?
I think you are right.
To build a bit on your theory, he had his little buddies, and then approached a soldier who didn't play that game. He reported the incident, a 15-6 was held, his buddies were called in and they covered their butts (pun intended) by claimed they were not willing participants.
I like your analysis better than my own.
He bit off one more than he could chew. (Pun intended. :>)
Homosexual Agenda Ping.
Would be interesting to get more of the facts. But even without a single detail more than the above, it is clear as a diamond that:
1. Homosexuals should not be in the military. The rule should be Do ask, and if the answer is wrong, show them the door.
2. Same with the priesthood. Do ask, and if the answer is wrong, show them the door.
The problem is that even some who know that homosexuality is disordered, are afraid of the homosexual activists and their supporters in the MSM (but I repeat myself). The truth is that homosexuality is unnatural, unhealthy, immoral, disordered, and CAN BE HEALED. And those with homosexual desires should not be treated as though they are perfectly normal. Some jobs, positions and so on should NOT be open to homosexuals.
Freepmail me if you want on/off this pinglist. Oh, and tell DirtyHarryY2K too. (He's been busy lately.)
Okay...I know the guy...two years as my parish priest and baptized my daughter.
Nobody commenting is right as to why. The reason why is control. This guy was a control freak. It was so bad...as an example, people who called him Greg instead of Gregory infuriated him and he let you know it.
As to what happened...not there don't know. My guess...threatened them with some type of action to get what he wanted. Very controling, manipulative, smart individual.
No, I would never trust him again...but hey, I never trusted him before.
I, too agree, five years is not long enough. Not sure about the military...but hope he is not out in 2 for good behavior.
Thanks for the update. Control is one thing; often womens' spokespeeple say that rape isn't about sex, it's about control. Control is no doubt part of it. But it is also about sex. There are plenty of control freaks who don't rape/sodomize others.
If a man rapes/sodomizes anyone, it IS about sex. The "priest" is a homosexual, who apparently likes to also force men to submit to sodomy. He deserves a much, much worse punishment.
"I went to confession and all I got was a hard time..."