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Navy chaplain pleads to forcible sodomy
United Press International ^ | 06DEC07 | United Press International

Posted on 12/06/2007 6:41:26 PM PST by familyop

QUANTICO, Va., Dec. 6 (UPI) -- An HIV-infected U.S. Navy chaplain who pleaded guilty to forcible sodomy was sentenced Thursday to serve two years in a military prison.

Lt. Cmdr. John Thomas Lee, 42, of Burke, Va., accepted a plea agreement with prosecutors that suspended 10 years of a 12-year sentence, dismissed him from the Navy and required him to forfeit future pay and benefits, the Baltimore Sun reported.

Lee, a Roman Catholic priest, admitted forcing himself on a gay Naval Academy midshipman whom he counseled and to having sex with an Air Force officer without disclosing he was HIV-positive.

During his court martial at the Quantico Marine Corps base, Lee said he had known he was infected with the HIV, the virus that causes AIDS, since at least 2005, but said he used a condom.

Prosecutors had sought a 15-year sentence for Lee, who was ordained as a priest in 1993 and began serving as a military chaplain in 1996. He had been charged with aggravated assault, indecent assault, fraternization, forcible and consensual sodomy, and conduct unbecoming an officer.

Lee could have been sentenced to life in prison if found guilty of the forcible sodomy charge alone if there were no plea agreement.


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: catholic; chaplain; dontaskdonttell; navy; quantico; sodomy; usvirginia; virginia

1 posted on 12/06/2007 6:41:28 PM PST by familyop
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To: familyop

Civilian prosecution should be brought promptly. Nasty degenerate, not a care for the life of those he was endangering physically and spiritually! Don’t ask don’t tell? Hah, this demon needs to be told.


2 posted on 12/06/2007 6:44:15 PM PST by MHGinTN (Believing they cannot be deceived, they cannot be convinced when they are deceived.)
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To: familyop

Terrific!

Just when I am conflicted about re-joining my faith again.


3 posted on 12/06/2007 6:46:40 PM PST by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: MHGinTN; All

Two year for what amounts to attempted murder? Give him the whole 12 years.


4 posted on 12/06/2007 6:46:42 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: familyop
Let's see if I have this straight. A Navy chaplain? A homosexual midshipman? (I guess no one needs to ask in this case.) Who, exactly was the Air Force officer?

Has this guy been excommunicated?

5 posted on 12/06/2007 6:47:16 PM PST by stevem
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To: familyop

Damned pedophile priests!


6 posted on 12/06/2007 6:48:38 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ("Liberals want to save the world for the children they aren't having." -Mark Steyn)
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To: familyop

I forgot, is sodomy Monica Lewinsky or Barney Frank?


7 posted on 12/06/2007 6:50:42 PM PST by Rb ver. 2.0 (Global warming is the new Marxism.)
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To: gleeaikin

The article said he could have gotten life, and that’s what he deserves.


8 posted on 12/06/2007 6:56:43 PM PST by darkangel82 (And the band played on....)
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To: familyop
The only thing to do with a person like this is to execute them. If you leave them out of prison, they will attack the public, if you put them in prison, they will attack the prisoners.

It’s a shame, but the only answer seems to be extermination.

9 posted on 12/06/2007 6:56:59 PM PST by babygene (Never look into the laser with your last good eye...)
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To: Rb ver. 2.0

Depends on which jurisdiction.


10 posted on 12/06/2007 6:57:23 PM PST by ASA Vet
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To: familyop

I am beginning to yearn for the days before the internet. This would have been a local issue and I wouldn’t even have to know about it. And he probably would have received the full sentence.


11 posted on 12/06/2007 7:00:25 PM PST by liege
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To: MHGinTN
Your right on that. don’t ask , don’t tell don’t even criticize the action or life style But theres a lot more for society to acknowledge. This is an abnormal minority group that is being pushed upon the rest of us, and it’s posing as normal and it’s telling us that were all wrong for opposing it, and this is normal behavior. It’s not, It’s wrong, It need’s to be called what it is, and it needs help.
12 posted on 12/06/2007 7:01:42 PM PST by reefdiver (The sheriff of Nottingham collected taxes on behalf of the common good)
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To: acapesket

“Just when I am conflicted about re-joining my faith again.”

What has John Thomas Lee to do with your faith? You either accept or reject it. The Catholic faith has been besmirched by its members for centuries, but it has not changed its teachings. John Thomas Lee DOES NOT represent the Church.

In all fairness, don’t only look at JTL but also at the goodness of the many saints and martyrs that have represented the church and are still doing it today. Get rid of your tunnel vision. For every JTL there are many members of very good will.


13 posted on 12/06/2007 7:02:30 PM PST by 353FMG (Hillary - Al Qaeda's Dream Woman)
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To: familyop

Two years is a travesty sentence for this crime. He should of, at the absolute least, gotten the 12 years. He deserves life at hard labor at Leavenworth.


14 posted on 12/06/2007 7:07:28 PM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: familyop

Two years is a travesty sentence for this crime. He should of, at the absolute least, gotten the 12 years. He deserves life at hard labor at Leavenworth.


15 posted on 12/06/2007 7:07:31 PM PST by Jeff Head (Freedom is not free...never has been, never will be. (www.dragonsfuryseries.com))
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To: darkangel82
The article said he could have gotten life...

... which appears to be correct.

Maximum punishment (1) By force and without consent. Dishonorable discharge, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, and confinement for life without eligibility for parole.

... and that’s what he deserves.

Agreed.

16 posted on 12/06/2007 7:08:05 PM PST by dighton
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To: familyop

Have the two other men been tested for HIV?


17 posted on 12/06/2007 7:09:39 PM PST by rintense (Thompson/Hunter 2008!)
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To: Jeff Head

If LCDR Limpwrist is HIV-positive, two years might just turn out ot BE a life sentence.


18 posted on 12/06/2007 7:10:34 PM PST by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: Jeff Chandler

He is not a pedophile.

Pedophiles prey upon minor children. Chaplain Rumprider had adults as lovers.

He is a homosexual.

That’s what the Drive-bys don’t want people to know: they’re homosexuals. I will never use the “G” word to describe these monsters.


19 posted on 12/06/2007 7:12:35 PM PST by Old Sarge (This tagline in memory of FReeper 68-69TonkinGulfYachtClub)
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To: familyop
So, he’ll be out and free as a daisy in a year. Nice. No doubt when the AIDS blows up, he’ll be on the citizens back for ten grand a month in care, housing, food stamps.

And we should have gays, bi’s, transsexuals, ect in the military, or at least have a committee tell the President what to do, according to a famously smart GOP candidate.

20 posted on 12/06/2007 7:14:25 PM PST by Leisler (RNC, RINO National Committee. Always was, always will be.)
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To: acapesket

Sounds like you don’t know about the teachings of Saint Francis de Sales or much of anything about your “faith” for that matter.


21 posted on 12/06/2007 7:15:27 PM PST by A.A. Cunningham
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To: Old Sarge
That’s what the Drive-bys don’t want people to know: they’re homosexuals.

My sarcastic point exactly.

22 posted on 12/06/2007 7:19:49 PM PST by Jeff Chandler ("Liberals want to save the world for the children they aren't having." -Mark Steyn)
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To: familyop

Someone better look into the prosecutor who apparently offered up this gift plea bargain. Was there a guilty verdict and THEN a plea deal? Can’t understand this one.


23 posted on 12/06/2007 7:28:02 PM PST by Perchant
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To: acapesket

I hear you. The house cleaning has not been thorough enough yet.


24 posted on 12/06/2007 7:35:37 PM PST by bajabaja
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To: acapesket
"Terrific!

Just when I am conflicted about re-joining my faith again.
"

...Catholicism in particular or Christianity in general? Even Orthodox rabbis (at least some) say that Christians are "closer" than Atheists.
25 posted on 12/06/2007 7:37:56 PM PST by familyop
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To: Rb ver. 2.0
I forgot, is sodomy Monica Lewinsky or Barney Frank?

All of the above. The Georgia statute defined sodomy as "a sexual act involving the sex organs of one person and the mouth or anus of another." I believe most state laws had a similar definition.

Laws against consensual sodomy were struck down in 2004, and were seldom enforced before then. The laws against forcible sodomy, or aggravated sodomy as it's called in many jurisdictions, still stand. The difference between consensual and forcible sodomy is like the difference between fornication and rape.

26 posted on 12/06/2007 7:43:13 PM PST by ReignOfError
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To: babygene
"The only thing to do with a person like this is to execute them. If you leave them out of prison, they will attack the public, if you put them in prison, they will attack the prisoners.

It’s a shame, but the only answer seems to be extermination.
"

Yes. Sodomy is wrong anywhere, IMO. It is my belief that when the time comes, such things will be illegal again and will cease. Our "justice" system has legalized quite a few ancient attacks against the family then made beside-the-point laws disguised as family laws.
27 posted on 12/06/2007 7:54:35 PM PST by familyop
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To: familyop
Lee, a Roman Catholic priest, admitted forcing himself on a gay Naval Academy midshipman

Also known as HOMOSEXUAL RAPE.

Right?

28 posted on 12/06/2007 8:05:07 PM PST by Lizavetta ( Politicians: When they're speaking, they're lying - when they're not speaking, they're stealing.)
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To: familyop

Homos do not produce they recruit


29 posted on 12/06/2007 8:18:25 PM PST by M1D
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To: familyop

IMHO, they could bring back burning at the stake for this pervert.I’m sure he would feel right at home in the fire.


30 posted on 12/06/2007 9:14:19 PM PST by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll keep getting what you always get.)
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To: familyop
Lee, a Roman Catholic priest, admitted...(snip)...
to having sex with an Air Force officer without disclosing
he was HIV-positive.


I wouldn't be suprised if this was heard in Lee's interogation:
"I was just following military policy: the Air Force officer
didn't ask if I was HIV-positive, and I didn't tell him I was."
31 posted on 12/06/2007 9:24:09 PM PST by VOA
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To: familyop

Oh, yeah. Letting homosexuals into the military is a terrific idea! /sarc


32 posted on 12/06/2007 9:27:26 PM PST by Jim Robinson (Our God-given unalienable rights are not open to debate, negotiation or compromise!)
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To: familyop
I used to be a big defender of my church until the principal of my old catholic high school took a bunch of students during break to Ft. Bragg to protest the School of the Americas.

Now I think the church needs to mind its own house before casting stones....

33 posted on 12/06/2007 10:27:14 PM PST by paddles
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To: familyop

No comment from Hillary’s gay general that masqueraded as an “uncommitted Republican” at the CNN Debate...


34 posted on 12/06/2007 11:25:02 PM PST by Tall_Texan (No Third Term For Bill Clinton!)
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To: 353FMG

Can always count on folks on these Catholic threads to be judgemental as opposed to encouraging in their Christianity. One of the many reasons I am conflicted. It’s all about absolutes.


35 posted on 12/07/2007 5:24:12 AM PST by acapesket (never had a vote count in all my years here)
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To: Jeff Head; Jim Robinson; scripter; EdReform; LiteKeeper

The most crucial issue in allowing homosexuals into the military is at the intersection of morale and infection.

The walking blood supply is that blood you get from the buddy in your unit when the bagged supply is unavailable or runs out of your type.

If your buddy is gay, do you want his? If you’re wounded, do you want him working on you? If he’s wounded, do you want to work on him?

They say, “but don’t you screen for Hiv?” Sure. Once every 2 years or so, but even if they did it the week before deployment, gays are notoriously promiscuous and find a way to connect with someone or something somewhere. So far as HIV is concerned, it is virulent and transmissible within a few short weeks. So, screen today, clean today, but dirty in 2 weeks.

And we haven’t mentioned that there’s no screening for other blood-bourne pathogens such as hepatitis, a disease that is also epidemic in the gay community.

So, if you can save his life with your blood, and he can’t save yours with his, what effect will that have on morale?

And if every application of first aid with a bleeding wound is something terrifying, what effect will that have on morale?

The gay general at the Republican so-called debate was a shill for those who don’t care if they kill people.


36 posted on 12/20/2007 3:29:11 PM PST by xzins (Retired Army Chaplain! True Supporters of Our Troops Support the Necessity of their Sacrifice!)
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